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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

Shillingstone in Dorset

Fiddleford (19 Pictures)

Fiddleford is a picturesque village in Dorset...

Crystal waters

West Bay (131 Pictures)

West Bay nestles at the western end of spectacular Chesil Beach whose billions of pebbles have been a constant source of fascination for centuries...

the clock tower on Weymouth seafont

Weymouth (195 Pictures)

Weymouth is one of the most finest and famous of all England's seaside resorts, having first been used by King George III to try and help cure his nervous disorder by bathing in the sea...

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Worth Matravers (25 Pictures)

Picturesque Dorset village with a history pre-dating Roman times as evidenced by the medieval lynchets cut into the steep hillsides...

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Christchurch Priory, Christchurch, Dorset

Christchurch Priory (18 Pictures)

Standing serenely in all its historic splendour surrounded by old graves in a lawned churchyard the extraordinary Norman beauty.....

Durdle Door, Wareham, Dorset

Durdle Door (102 Pictures)

On a coast of fabulous high white cliffs there are few views to rival the spectacular Durdle Door. This natural phenomena,.....

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,.....

Bournemouth Eye on a sunny day

The Bournemouth Eye (3 Pictures)

The Bournemouth Eye offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy from heights rocketing to a dizzy 500 feet above ground, the most.....

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Tyneham - Dorset's Lost Village
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