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About the county of DorsetDorset 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.
See our recommended Dorset towns and villages below, along with our listed Dorset attractions, and Dorset hotels and holiday cottages.
Recommended towns & villages to visit in Dorset
This pretty resort grew up in a gap of cliffs overlooking picturesque Lyme Bay. In the days prior to the motor car it was a fashionable coaching stop. One illustrious visitor of.....
This town lies amidst noted countryside between Wimborne Minster and Ringwood...
Sturminster Marshall is famous for its beautiful White Corn Mill and for the magnificent eight arched bridge spanning the River Stour...All Dorset towns & villagesHistoric Market TownsPicturesque VillagesHistoric CitiesAll towns in England
Recommended attractions in Dorset
Standing in lofty splendour above the chimney pots of the village with the roaring ocean lapping the cliffs to the other side of.....
An interesting medieval Chapel dating from the 14th century, perched on top of a hill in Abbotsbury, affording stunning views of.....
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.....All Dorset AttractionsCastles in DorsetDorset Beauty SpotsAll England Attractions
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Random England fact:
Wastwater in Cumbria's Lake District is the deepest Lake in England at 258ft deep (79 metres).
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