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UK Holiday Guide - Guide to Dorset in England

Holiday Guide to Accommodation and Attractions in Dorset

Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester and Dorset is largely rural with many small villages, few large towns, and no cities.

Dorset is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door, as well as the holiday resorts of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage, and Lyme Regis. Dorset is the principal setting of the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester.

'It is the perfect place to unwind and explore the wealth of attractions, from historic houses and museums, to country parks, shops and markets selling fine local crafts and produce. The more energetic can discover the region on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, or perhaps enjoy a round of golf or a quiet afternoon's fishing.'

Some of the main attractions of the county include

Compton Acres
Highcliffe Castle
Lulworth Castle
Priest's House Museum and Garden
Sub Tropical Gardens
Corfe Castle
Dorset County Museum
Farmer Palmer's
Tutankhamun Exhibition
Dinosaur Museum
Teddy Bear Museum
Forde Abbey
Portland Castle
Adventure Wonderland
Sherborne Castle
Swanage Railway
Bennetts Water Gardens
South Dorset Railway
Torre Abbey
Totnes Castle
World Of Country Life
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Exmoor Zoo
Exeter Cathedral
Buckfast Butterflies & Dartmoor Otter Sanctuary
Crealy Adventure Park
Watermouth Castle
Becky Falls

Other useful links in Dorset

Dorset County Council
Chesil Beech
Visit Dorchester

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