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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

Abbotsbury (103 Pictures)

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

Miltom 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...

Seatown and Golden Cap, looking west, Dorset coast.

Seatown (28 Pictures)

Seatown is a small Hamlet along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast and is popular with fossil hunters. It has a clean and quiet shingle beach (no dogs allowed) and is a good location.....

Close up of Fointain at Abbey front, Stapehill

Stapehill (14 Pictures)

Stapehill, in the beautiful Dorset countryside is best known for its romantic Abbey gardens which are an absolute joy for every visitor including gardening enthusiasts...

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Athelhampton House, Dorset

Athelhampton House (9 Pictures)

Athelhampton House is a fine example of a 15th Century house nestling in deepest Dorset. The gardens are now once more a pleasant.....

Stair Hole

Lulworth Cove (112 Pictures)

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The Roman Town House, Dorchester, Dorset

Roman Town House (1 Pictures)

The Roman Town House was a discovery of the 1930's. From excavations beneath the ground came a rich feast of Roman history that.....

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