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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

Old brick farm building on staddle stones in Gillingham, Dorset

Gillingham (6 Pictures)

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Osmington, Dorset

Osmington (6 Pictures)

The pretty village of Osmington is situated along the Jurassic coast just 4 miles North-East of the historic resort of Weymouth. It has narrow streets and pretty thatched.....

Portland Bill at Dusk

Portland (140 Pictures)

As it juts into the sea Portland is bounded by some of the finest coastal scenery in the land...

Witchampton in Dorset

Witchampton (18 Pictures)

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Corfe Castle

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.....

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey (6 Pictures)

Without doubt this magnificent Abbey built centuries ago of creamy Ham stone ranks amongst the finest Abbey churches anywhere in.....

Sherborne Castle Grounds

Sherborne Castle (80 Pictures)

Many fascinating tales remain from the time when Sherborne Castle was lived in by Sir Walter Raleigh, a favourite of Elizabeth I......

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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