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Exploring the most picturesque & historic places to visit in the county of Dorset, 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 with its famous historic swannery, the village of Cerne Abbas, which is famed for its incredible chalk man etched into the nearby hillside, and many more picturesque villages throughout the county, all unique in their own special way.

Dorset also 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 the beautiful hilltop town of Shaftesbury with its amazing view described as “the most romantic view in England”, and the town of Blandford Forum - the most complete Georgian town in England, plus many more fascinating towns throughout this historic county.


To explore Dorset fully, see below for a full list of all the best places to visit, including a list of picturesque villages in Dorset, Historic market towns in Dorset, and Dorset Seaside towns. You will find additional help planning your trip to Dorset by way of our articles and lists section, helping you to discover much more about this wonderful county. You may also want to check out our Dorset Facts page - a growing collection of interesting and historical Dorset facts which are well worth a read and can teach you a lot about this wonderful English county.

Recommended Towns & Villages to visit in Dorset

Abbotsbury, Dorset, England

Abbotsbury (104 Pictures)

a Picturesque Village in the county of Dorset

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

Bournemouth Pier

Bournemouth (178 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 Old Castle

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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