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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

That was one long walk

Bridport (30 Pictures)

Bridport can be classed as having everything to please the holiday maker, it has a strong nautical atmosphere born of its long association with the sea, and its history as a flourishing rope making town during the great age of sailing ships...

Mapperton Gardens

Powerstock (18 Pictures)

The village is completely pastoral and appears to be protected by a maze of deep lanes which once negotiated, reveal a gracious collection of orchards, gardens and enchanting cottages set at angles on a series of knolls...

Poole Harbour

Sandbanks (30 Pictures)

Sandbanks near Poole, in Dorset, is known for its stunning award-winning sandy beaches, and as being one of the costliest places to live in the world...

A view of Seatown

Seatown (28 Pictures)

Seatown is a small Hamlet along Dorset's famous Jurassic Coast and is popular with fossil hunters. It has a clean and quiet shingle beach (no dogs allowed) and is a good location.....

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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.....

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham, Dorset

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (47 Pictures)

This is a place where "Monkey Business" really is acceptable, for the centre is home to over 150 primates of 15 different.....

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.....

Cerne Giant in Cerne Abbas, Dorset.

The Cerne Giant (2 Pictures)

This magnificent figure cut into the turf of a chalk hillside is best viewed from the north of the village. He is known as "The.....

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