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Discover stunning Dorset

A guide to visiting Dorset

The famous, atmospheric setting of Thomas Hardy's novels, Dorset’s stunning landscapes are incomparable. However, Dorset’s natural history predates Hardy’s 19th century work. Visit the ancient Iron Age hill forts or wander the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, searching for fossils.

Enjoy the peaceful, sleepy atmosphere of Dorset’s villages, interspersed with quaint, thatched roof cottages.

Nature in Dorset

One of the greatest attractions to visit in England is the Dorset coastline. The Jurassic Coast has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. It is a predominantly rugged, craggy landscape and has several geological features, such as Lulworth Cove, Isle of Portland, the natural arch of the Durdle Door and Chesil Beach.

Attractions in Dorset

Dorset has an endless number of things to do and see. Seaside activities and water sports are available in abundance. Go surfing in Bournemouth, explore the first artificial surf reef in Europe, or sail in Poole Harbour, the second of the largest natural harbour in the world.

Discover the Cerne Abbas Giant, an ancient carving in Dorset’s chalk hills surrounded in myth. This giant figure dates back to the Iron Age and is said to be a folkloric fertility aid.