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Dorset is a county full of beautiful contrasts: rolling green hills, fertile farmland, golden beaches, rugged cliffs and open heaths make up nature’s own patchwork creation.

The beauty of Dorset’s coastline is equally matched by its geological importance: 185 million years of the Earth's history is revealed in the 95 miles of Jurassic Coast that stretch from Orcombe Point in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage.

Looking for things to do in Dorset? There's a huge choice of visitor attractions, including beautiful gardens, historic houses, nature reserves, theatres and fascinating museums, offering something for all the family.

There's a jam-packed events programme all year round and visiting sport lovers can take their pick from a range of activities both on and off the water.

Dorset is fast becoming a food-lover's dream - you'll find some excellent pubs and restaurants making the most of the fantastic local produce.

If your holiday just isn't complete without some retail therapy, then shopping can be a rewarding experience with lots of local independant gems to be found alongside larger nationwide stores.

And if after reading about the delights of this fascinating county you find yourself wondering where to stay, you'll find a great selection of holiday parks and campsites to suit your needs.

Dorset offers something for everyone, enjoy exploring what's on offer.

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21 Apr 2017
Fish and chips, our undisputed national dish, is one tasty treat that Weymouth can be particularly proud of. Visitors tuck in to the freshest of catches just yards from where they were landed at Weymouth Harbour earlier in the day. Is there any better combination than fresh fish in a crispy batter and served up with a generous portion of freshly fried chips? Here are 7 of the best fish and chip restaurants and takeaways that Weymouth has to offer. Top Weymouth Fish & ... Read more...
21 Apr 2017
If you are one of the growing number of people who make regular visits to Dorset then you may like to consider owning your own caravan or holiday home. A property on an established holiday park may be more affordable than you think – and if we tell you that the homes are situated in some of Dorset’s top holiday destinations then you might like to take a look at the wide choice available below. There are holiday home parks situated along the whole of the spectacular ... Read more...
11 Apr 2017
Dorset has its fair share of spectacular views and now Durdle Door and Bournemouth's Pier and Beach have been named as two of the UK's top 20 views in a study conducted by Samsung, placed 15th and 19th respectively. The county certainly offers rich pickings for photographers, as this image of Durdle Door from Dorset photographer Chris Jones demonstrates. See more in our Dorset photo gallery. Here's the full list, please comment below and let us know your favourite ... Read more...
11 Apr 2017
Poole’s traditional working Quay is the gateway to its stunning harbour and islands. Getting there is easy with either a 15-minute walk from the Bus Station down the High Street or on the ‘Route One’ Bus Service. Leaving every 15 minutes, jump on and off the circular shopping route at your leisure, stopping at the Dolphin Shopping Centre and ending up on Poole’s Quayside (no Sunday service available). To help you make the most of your visit, Poole’s ... Read more...
11 Apr 2017
Whilst the beach may be the primary attraction for Weymouth’s holiday visitors, the beautiful 17th-century harbour is surely a close runner up! With its small commercial fishing fleet, pleasure boat and charter fishing trips, and privately-owned boats coming and going on the water, there’s always something of interest going on. Even if you don’t have the urge to climb aboard one of the boats for a trip out to sea, there are plenty of things to do here on dry ... Read more...

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