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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

The Piddle Valley in 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...

Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas (68 Pictures)

Famous for its huge chalk 'rude' giant, Cerne Abbas is a lovely ancient village in Dorset...

Fontmell Magna, Dorset.

Fontmell Magna (46 Pictures)

A picturesque village in the county of Dorset, situated between the historic market towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. The village has a church which in 1905 was described.....

Thomas Hardy's cottage in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset

Higher Bockhampton (3 Pictures)

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery (43 Pictures)

Set in one of the most beautiful unspoilt regions of England, Abbotsbury Swannery is home to sometimes up to 1000 beautiful.....

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.....

East Fleet Lagoon near Weymouth, Dorset

The Fleet Nature Reserve (6 Pictures)

Designated as an "Area of Scientific Interest" The Fleet Nature Reserve is a large tidal lagoon which stretches from Abbotsbury.....

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