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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

Minterne House and Gardens

Minterne Magna (22 Pictures)

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Sherborne, Dorset.

Sherborne (111 Pictures)

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...

The village that time forgot

Tyneham (55 Pictures)

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.....

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

Looking towards the Isle Of Purbeck from Brownsea Island, Dorset

Brownsea Island (45 Pictures)

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.....

A picture of 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,.....

Hengistbury Head

Hengistbury Head (13 Pictures)

Hengistbury Head is formed from the southern flank of Christchurch harbour, it is a spit of approximately 2 miles of land, with a.....

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Dorset

Portland Bill Lighthouse (44 Pictures)

Erected in 1906, Portland Bill Lighthouse with 153 steps to the top makes a challenging guided tour but the spectacular view of.....

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