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A county in England

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

Old brick farm building on staddle stones in Gillingham, Dorset

Gillingham (6 Pictures)

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Minterne Magna

Minterne Magna (22 Pictures)

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Portland

Portland (142 Pictures)

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

Worth Matravers, Dorset

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

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Arne RSPB Reserve (127 Pictures)

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Penquin at SeaLife Centre in Weymouth

Sea Life Park, Weymouth (1 Pictures)

A unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions set in seven acres makes Sea Life a great family day out. The Park offers a day.....

Sherborne Castle Grounds

Sherborne Castle (80 Pictures)

Many fascinating tales remain from the time when Sherborne Castle was lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of Elizabeth I......

The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester. Dorset

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.....

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