Britannia Leatherbarrows have strived to provide the best removals and storage solutions in and around Dorset for several years now. Over time, we’ve really got to know the area, the locals and the scenery extremely well. Dorset boasts picturesque countryside, alluring coastlines and buzzing towns and cities with a wealth of activities and places to visit across the county.
For whatever reason you may be pondering a move to beautiful Dorset, as with any move, it’s always a good idea to do your research beforehand in order to find out which location is best suited to you. This can be daunting if you don’t have much local knowledge and that’s where Britannia Leatherbarrows come in! Whether it’s a vibrant social scene you’re looking for, a safe and secure neighbourhood to raise your family, good commuter access to other cities or you’re just eager to snap up a bargain on the housing market, we’ve got the low down on the best places for you to move to in Dorset right here.
Canford Heath – Perfect for families!
A suburb that sits next to a stunning area of dense heathland, renowned for its array of amazing wildlife and long country trails.
A small suburb with a tight nit population of just 14,500, making it a lovely, safe location to bring up children.
The suburb is home to a small variety of amenities including two local pubs (The Haymoor & The Pilot), an ASDA Supermarket, a Post Office and the local shop meaning you wont have to travel far for everyday essentials!
An excellent array of schools including two primary schools(Astra First school & Canford Heath Primary school), two middle schools and two secondary schools, making it a perfect place for young families.
Young people can never get bored as there are a range of activities to take part in locally including the Tower Park Leisure Centre, housing a cinema, range of restaurants including nandos, bingo, a gym, a swimming pool and loads more!
Average House price : £219,467 Average Asking rent: £770 pcm depending on size.
We would put Canford Heath at the top spot in terms of being a family friendly town to raise children in.
Weymouth – An up and coming seaside location!
A seaside town full of life with a population of 52,323.
A major tourist destination for Dorset and home to Weymouth Harbour, a dock used for Cross-Channel ferries, pleasure boats, private yachts with a variety of watersports on offer.
Weymouth beach entices thousands of people to its beautiful coastline every year, making it a perfect day out for the whole family due to regular local events, including dragon boat racing, fireworks festivals, beach volleyball, handball, motocross and the local carnival!
Weymouth train station provides regular services to London Waterloo and Bristol as well as local bus services run by First Hampshire and Dorset, providing links to outside villages and nearby towns.
Parents are able to choose from a variety of excellent schools including five infant schools, four junior, twelve primary and four secondary schools, ensuring you are spoilt for choice!
Someone looking to buy a house in Weymouth can expect an average asking price of around £252,409, whereas people looking to rent will be paying around the £733 pcm marker dependant on size.
- Weymouth is our number 1 up-and-coming destination in Dorset as one of the select local places recently awarded government funding, as well as its tourist appeal, meaning an economy that’s on the up!
Dorchester – Top for Transport Links!
This historic market town has a population of around 18,820 and prides itself on being the pinnacle of tranquility.
A great place for sports enthusiasts due to its many sporting clubs. Dorchester is home to Dorchester Town Football club, the amateur rugby team and Dorchester cricket club.
The pretty town offers a weekly french market, a maiden castle and the ability to take a relaxing stroll through the picturesque borough gardens.
Schools include a private school, many first schools, two middle schools and an upper school.
Due to its charming scenery and great transport links, house prices are a little steeper than surrounding towns and villages so you can expect to buy a house for around £405,119 or rent for £1195 pcm depending on size.
We would rank Dorchester as the prime location for commuters due to its excellent ties with nearby cities and the ability to get from A to B in no time at all. Dorchester has two railway stations that travel South and West connecting you to Bournemouth, Southampton, London, Yeovil, Bath and Bristol.
Poole – Lively Leisure & Social Scene!
Poole is a large coastal town with a super buzz about it due to its population of over 400,000! You’ll never be at a loss on what to do here!
You can expect a variety of modern apartment blocks as well as historic listed buildings, combined with a lengthy list of traditional pubs making for a great social scene too.
There are also plenty of churches, parks, childrens play areas, tennis courts, mini golf courses, restaurants, cafes and even an ice skating rink. This makes it a great place for young people too!
Famed for its love of water sports due to its amazing beaches, you can expect to find people participating in sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, body boarding and loads more.
Poole is home to four railways stations and a cross channel port. Their local bus services are run by More Bus and will give you regular connections to Bournemouth, Christchurch, Salisbury, Isle of Purbeck, The New Forest and surrounding villages.
Abbotsbury Village – Picturesque housing at reasonable prices!
Abbotsbury village is one of the most popular villages in Dorset as it offers a pretty picture-postcard setting that never fails to create a beautiful atmosphere.
This tranquil village is far from being boring or dull though as it is home to a 14th century chapel, the abbey ruins, delightful cottages that are a pretty picture of stunning architecture, traditional country tea rooms, a range of public houses, the Swannery, sub-tropical gardens and even a childrens farm!
It is also home to Abbotsbury Hill where once you reach the summit you can see breath-taking views for miles around the county.
Abbotsbury village is a beautiful location and it’s not hard to see why! Despite this being a popular destination for people relocating in Dorset, shockingly this is not reflected in the house prices and you can snap up a house to buy for a reasonable £213,794 on average or rent for around £717 pcm, depending on size.