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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

Swanage Railway Steam train approaching Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle (175 Pictures)

Below the castle, the village of Corfe shows picturesque stone houses of the 17th-century...

Across the Fleet Lagoon

Langton Herring (1 Pictures)

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Sherborne, Dorset.

Sherborne (111 Pictures)

The softly glowing Ham stone of which most of the town properties are built, lends warmth and atmosphere to what is already a unique and attractive place...

Lulworth Cove

West Lulworth (124 Pictures)

One of the most visited geological areas of Britain, Lulworth Cove has recently been placed into the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline...

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Arne RSPB Reserve

Arne RSPB Reserve (127 Pictures)

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Christchurch Priory, Christchurch, Dorset

Christchurch Priory (18 Pictures)

Standing serenely in all its historic splendour surrounded by old graves in a lawned churchyard the extraordinary Norman beauty.....

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham, Dorset

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre (46 Pictures)

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

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

Nothe Fort (17 Pictures)

Nothe Fort lies to the east of Weymouth. This spectacular "D" shaped building is preserved as one of the finest pieces of.....

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