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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


Abbotsbury (103 Pictures)

Abbotsbury is a small picturesque and historic village in the county of Dorset...

Athelhampton House, Dorset

Athelhampton (3 Pictures)

Athelhampton lies close to the little River Piddle which almost entirely encircles Athelhampton House which was built in the 15th-century by Sir William Martyn who was granted the lands and a license to build upon them by King Henry VII in the year 1483...

Storm over Portland, Weymouth, Dorset

Portland (140 Pictures)

As it juts into the sea Portland is bounded by some of the finest coastal scenery in the land...

Bridge over River Stour at White Mill, near Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

Sturminster Marshall (1 Pictures)

Sturminster Marshall is famous for its beautiful White Corn Mill and for the magnificent eight arched bridge spanning the River Stour...

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Corfe Castle and Dorset countryside

Corfe Castle (103 Pictures)

Standing in lofty splendour above the chimney pots of the village with the roaring ocean lapping the cliffs to the other side of.....

Cerne Giant in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.

The Cerne Giant (2 Pictures)

This magnificent figure cut into the turf of a chalk hillside is best viewed from the north of the village. He is known as "The.....

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum (15 Pictures)

This exciting keep is the home of the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Here visitors with a keen interest in all things.....

Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset

Upton House & Country Park (11 Pictures)

Located near the historic town of Poole on the northern shore of Poole Harbour, Upton Country Park comprises of over 100 acres of.....

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