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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

Jurassic coast  Charmouth

Charmouth (87 Pictures)

This pretty resort grew up in a gap of cliffs overlooking picturesque Lyme Bay. In the days prior to the motor car it was a fashionable coaching stop. One illustrious visitor of.....

Old brick farm building on staddle stones in Gillingham, Dorset

Gillingham (6 Pictures)

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Milton Abbas, Dorset.

Milton Abbas (50 Pictures)

Milton Abbas is a superb thatched village which has the distinction of being the first planned village of its kind in England...

Storm over Portland, Weymouth, Dorset

Portland (154 Pictures)

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

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Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head (13 Pictures)

Hengistbury Head is formed from the southern flank of Christchurch harbour, it is a spit of approximately 2 miles of land, with a.....

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,.....

The Blue Pool

The Blue Pool (25 Pictures)

Between Wareham and Corfe Castle can be found the unique visitor attraction called the Blue Pool, which was once a clay pit. Tiny.....

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.....

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