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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

Briantspuddle, Dorset.

Briantspuddle (36 Pictures)

This remarkable village owes much to the agricultural experiment carried out by Sir Ernest Debenham during the years between the two World Wars...

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Bridport (30 Pictures)

Bridport can be classed as having everything to please the holiday maker, it has a strong nautical atmosphere born of its long association with the sea, and its history as a flourishing rope making town during the great age of sailing ships...

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...

A picture of St. Aldhelm's Head & Chapel

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

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach (23 Pictures)

One of the most remarkable features of England's fantastic coastal scenery is the magnificent stretch known as Chesil Beach,.....

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.....

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey (6 Pictures)

Without doubt this magnificent Abbey built centuries ago of creamy Ham stone ranks amongst the finest Abbey churches anywhere in.....

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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