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South Coast Explorer

Featuring Weymouth, Bournemouth & Thomas Hardy’s Wessex - 5 Days

Escape those Winter Blues and come away with us on this South Coast Explorer! Joined by friends, old and new, delve into Thomas Hardy’s ‘Wessex’ – famous for his novels and the nineteenth century rural life, on this interesting break we include admission into the National Trust’s Max Gate, Dorchester, Weymouth and Bournemouth.


Inclusive insurance

Door-to-Door service

4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

Entertainment each evening at the hotel

Excursions to Oxford, Swanage, Bournemouth & Pool Quay

Full day excursion around Thomas Hardy’s Wessex with free time in Dorchester and a visit to Max Gate


Day 1 – After departure we take you to Oxford for a chance to explore. Famously known as The City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford is renowned for being home to a prestigious University and over 800 years of fascinating history. After some free time, we continue our leisurely journey to our hotel.

Day 2 – This morning we visit Swanage, perhaps visit Swanage Heritage Centre and Museum where you can find out more about this fascinating town before enjoying a stroll along Swanage Pier, an integral part of the character of Swanage, reflecting its Victorian splendour and rich heritage. After some free time, we return for a relaxing afternoon in Weymouth, maybe take a refreshing walk along the seafront.

Day 3 – After breakfast enjoy a little free time in Weymouth. This afternoon we take you to Bournemouth known as the ‘Coast with the Most’, via Poole Quay – a large natural harbour.

Day 4 – Today we explore Thomas Hardy’s ‘Wessex’ – an imaginary region near the south and south-west of England that was used in Hardy’s most famous novels. We’ll enjoy free time in Dorchester, Hardy was born just three miles outside of Dorchester, but “Casterbridge” as he referred to it was centre for several of Hardy’s greatest works. We have also included admission into Max Gate, an atmospheric home designed by Thomas Hardy, now in the care of the National Trust, here he wrote some of his greatest novels and poetry including Tess of the d’Urbervilles.

Day 5 – After breakfast we begin our journey home with comfort stops along the way.

Departure DateTitleHotelDays(from) 
25 Feb 2020South Coast Explorer-Weymouth Bournemouth & Isle of PurbeckHotel Prince Regent 5 days £299.00 Book Now

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