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A county in England

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

Blandford Forum, Dorset.

Blandford Forum (101 Pictures)

Utterly delightful, a town of matchless elegance, of quintessentially English beauty, are but a few of the attributes to the fine Market town on the River Stour...

Fortuneswell, Dorset, on a sunny October afternoon in 2005

Fortuneswell (1 Pictures)

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A panoramic view of Pilsdon Pen.

Pilsdon (1 Pictures)

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

A picture of Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House (10 Pictures)

Athelhampton House is a fine example of a 15th Century house nestling in deepest Dorset. The gardens are now once more a pleasant.....

Corfe Castle in Dorset

Corfe Castle (99 Pictures)

Standing in lofty splendour above the chimney pots of the village with the roaring ocean lapping the cliffs to the other side of.....

Portland Castle, Dorset

Portland Castle (1 Pictures)

This is one of the best preserved of all King Henry VIII's mighty fortresses, built by the monarch to guard the south coast.....

The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum (15 Pictures)

This exciting keep is the home of the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Here visitors with a keen interest in all things.....

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