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About the county of Dorset

Dorset is a beautiful county along the South coast of England, famed for its stunning Jurassic coastline, its classic British seaside resorts such as the historic towns of Weymouth and Bournemouth, and its gentle green rolling hills and countryside. Over half of the county of Dorset is in fact designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

There are many picturesque villages peppered throughout the beautiful Dorset landscape, such as the pretty village of Abbotsbury - which has been home for over 600 years to the worlds only managed colony of nesting mute swans, set on the site of an 11th-century monastery. Burton Bradstock is another village of note with its lovely Hive beach, and of course there is the pretty village of Cerne Abbas - famed for its giant chalk man etched within the hillside and overlooking the village. The date of the Cerne Giant is unknown but it has become an important part of local folklore, often associated with fertility, for obvious reasons when you see it.

Dorset has some lovely market towns to explore, such as the county town of Dorchester - home town of the famous novelist and poet Thomas Hardy. There is also the beautiful hilltop town of Shaftesbury with its amazing views, and the town of Blandford Forum - the most complete Georgian town in England.

Recommended towns & villages to visit in Dorset

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Bridport (30 Pictures)

Bridport can be classed as having everything to please the holiday maker, it has a strong nautical atmosphere born of its long association with the sea, and its history as a flourishing rope making town during the great age of sailing ships...

Fontmell Magna, Dorset.

Fontmell Magna (46 Pictures)

A picturesque village in the county of Dorset, situated between the historic market towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. The village has a church which in 1905 was described.....

Poyntington, Dorset

Poyntington (2 Pictures)

This is a delightful small village situated in the picturesque Blackmore Vale where the Dorset and Somerset boundary meets...

Sherborne, Dorset.

Sherborne (111 Pictures)

The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...

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A picture of Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach (25 Pictures)

One of the most remarkable features of England's fantastic coastal scenery is the magnificent stretch known as Chesil Beach,.....

A view of the Marine Aquarium on the old Cobb with Lyme regis, Dorset, in the background.

Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium (1 Pictures)

Where better to see and learn about the creatures of the deep than in an aquarium suite set tantalizingly beside the sea. Well,.....

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham, Dorset

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (47 Pictures)

This is a place where "Monkey Business" really is acceptable, for the centre is home to over 150 primates of 15 different.....

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