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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
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...
A small attractive Market Town in Dorset...
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Recommended attractions in Dorset
Where better to see and learn about the creatures of the deep than in an aquarium suite set tantalizingly beside the sea. Well,.....
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.....
Located near the historic town of Poole on the northern shore of Poole Harbour, Upton Country Park comprises of over 100 acres of.....All Dorset AttractionsCastles in DorsetDorset Beauty SpotsAll England Attractions
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Random England fact:
C. S. Lewis died the same day that J F Kennedy was assassinated 22nd November 1963.
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