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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 (178 Pictures)

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

Fontmell Magna, Dorset.

Fontmell Magna (46 Pictures)

A picturesque village in the county of Dorset, situated between the historic market towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. The village has a church which in 1905 was described.....

Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Shaftesbury (89 Pictures)

Shaftsbury is Dorset's only hill-top town, with its long history and good views it is particularly attractive to tourists...

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

Corfe Castle - June 2009

Corfe Castle (100 Pictures)

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

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.....

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.....

Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset

Upton House & Country Park (11 Pictures)

Located near the historic town of Poole on the northern shore of Poole Harbour, Upton Country Park comprises of over 100 acres of.....

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