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About the county of DorsetDorset 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.
See our recommended Dorset towns and villages below, along with our listed Dorset attractions, and Dorset hotels and holiday cottages.
Recommended towns & villages to visit in Dorset
This remarkable village owes much to the agricultural experiment carried out by Sir Ernest Debenham during the years between the two World Wars...
Famous for its huge chalk 'rude' giant, Cerne Abbas is a lovely ancient village in Dorset...
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.....
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Recommended attractions in Dorset
Set in one of the most beautiful unspoilt regions of England, Abbotsbury Swannery is home to sometimes up to 1000 beautiful.....
Erected in 1906, Portland Bill Lighthouse with 153 steps to the top makes a challenging guided tour but the spectacular view of.....
Designated as an "Area of Scientific Interest" The Fleet Nature Reserve is a large tidal lagoon which stretches from Abbotsbury.....All Dorset AttractionsCastles in DorsetDorset Beauty SpotsAll England Attractions
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Random England fact:
Manningtree in Essex is England's smallest town.
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