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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

Highcliffe Castle, Dorset

Highcliffe (32 Pictures)

Highcliffe village is surrounded by sweeping beaches backed by gorse-clad low cliffs from which the visitor can enjoy superb vista's of rolling frothy waves tumbling into Christchurch Bay...

Sturminster Newton in Dorset

Sturminster Newton (40 Pictures)

A small attractive Market Town in Dorset...

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

Arne RSPB Reserve

Arne RSPB Reserve (127 Pictures)

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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,.....

Penquin at SeaLife Centre in Weymouth

Sea Life Park, Weymouth (1 Pictures)

A unique mix of indoor and outdoor attractions set in seven acres makes Sea Life a great family day out. The Park offers a day.....

Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset

Upton House & Country Park (11 Pictures)

Located near the historic town of Poole on the northern shore of Poole Harbour, Upton Country Park comprises of over 100 acres of.....

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