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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
The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...
Known as the Ghost village of Dorset, the village of Tyneham was requisitioned by the War Office during 1943, with all 225 residents having to leave their homes. The army never.....
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Brownsea Island is the largest island in Poole Harbour, it is around 1 mile long by 3/4 mile broad; it is beautifully wooded with.....
One of the most remarkable features of England's fantastic coastal scenery is the magnificent stretch known as Chesil Beach,.....
Hengistbury Head is formed from the southern flank of Christchurch harbour, it is a spit of approximately 2 miles of land, with a.....
Erected in 1906, Portland Bill Lighthouse with 153 steps to the top makes a challenging guided tour but the spectacular view of.....All Dorset AttractionsCastles in DorsetDorset Beauty SpotsAll England Attractions
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Random England fact:
Wainhouse Tower is a folly in the parish of King Cross, on the south west side of Halifax. At 275 feet, it is the tallest structure in Calderdale and the tallest folly in the world, it was erected between 1871-1875. The main shaft is octagonal with a square base and 403 stairs leading to the first of two viewing platforms.
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