Dorset has miles of beautiful beaches including Studland, Lulworth Cove, Swanage and Ringstead Bay. You can “do the dinosaur” along the 95 mile Jurassic Coast stretching west to Devon – take in the spectacular views as you hunt for fossilised remains of yesteryear. For a different perspective of the Jurassic coastline take a boat trip and gaze back to shore at this unique sight.
You can visit the magnificent Lulworth Castle or tour the numerous stately homes in Dorset, including Athelhampton, Smedmore House or Edmondsham House. Visitors seeking a more lively scene should head to Weymouth and Bournemouth Pier for traditional seaside family entertainment and vibrant atmosphere.
Dorset is famous for the River Cottage TV series and well known for locally sourced food and drink with specialities including Cerne Abbas Giant Cookie, Dorset Apple Cake, Portland Lamb, Portland Pudding and Blue Vinney cheese.
You can always find a great spot to eat with pubs and eateries scattered across the county from the quaint villages to the coastal towns, harbours and villages of Southbourne, Boscombe, Lyme Regis and Westbourne.
Dorset is in the South West of England on the English Channel coast and borders the four counties of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire.
A popular holiday destination with warm summers and mild winters, the county has a population of over 750,000 people and is mainly rural with a large number of villages, rolling countryside and coastal towns providing great places to relax and chill.
A county of exploration, there are several large towns including the seaside resorts of Bournemouth and Weymouth, the historic port of Poole and the county town of Dorchester.
Dorset, along with Devon, forms the 95 mile Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site.
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