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Exploring the most picturesque & historic places to visit in Dorset, England.

About the county of Dorset

A county in England

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.

Or see below for all the magical places Dorset has to offer, including the best accommodation for those wishing to stay in an historic property or picturesque setting..

Recommended Towns & Villages to visit in Dorset

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England

Abbotsbury (105 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

Abbotsbury is a small picturesque and historic village in the county of Dorset...

Bournemouth Pier and beach. Dorset

Bournemouth (171 Pictures)

a Seaside Town in the county of Dorset

Seven miles of glorious golden sands, fringed by the bluest of seas lapping the shore, make Bournemouth a firm favourite for family holidays...

Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock (56 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

This in one of the most enchanting villages to be found along the sweeping Dorset coast. It has gorgeous little lanes where there are eye catching thatched cottages with walls.....

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Recommended Attractions to visit in Dorset

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle (116 Pictures)

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

View of the coast at Durdle Door towards Weymouth and Portland

Durdle Door (108 Pictures)

On a coast of fabulous high white cliffs there are few views to rival the spectacular Durdle Door. This natural phenomena,.....

Sherborne Abbey at night

Sherborne Abbey (7 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......

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