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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

Bryanston, Dorset. Bryanston School buildings and surrounding area - taken from a model helicopter.

Bryanston (2 Pictures)

The town was initially the town of Brian de Lisle, a Baron at the court of King John...

Weymouth Harbour at dusk

Weymouth (195 Pictures)

Weymouth is one of the most finest and famous of all England's seaside resorts, having first been used by King George III to try and help cure his nervous disorder by bathing in the sea...

Witchampton in Dorset

Witchampton (18 Pictures)

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Recommended attractions in Dorset

A picture of Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House (9 Pictures)

Athelhampton House is a fine example of a 15th Century house nestling in deepest Dorset. The gardens are now once more a pleasant.....

Chesil Beach

Chesil Beach (23 Pictures)

One of the most remarkable features of England's fantastic coastal scenery is the magnificent stretch known as Chesil Beach,.....

A picture of St. Aldhelm's Head & Chapel

St. Aldhelm's Head & Chapel (2 Pictures)

One of the oldest churches in England, set on a 300ft cliff top in an area that is designated a Special Area of Conservation.....

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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