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10 of the Best Dorset Places of Interest

27 February 2018

Dorset is blessed with more beauty spots and landmarks per square mile than anywhere else (ok we just made that up, but it's got a lot).

With its stunning countryside, breathtaking coastal views, historic monuments and spectacular natural features, you don’t have to look far to see why visitors just can’t get enough of what Dorset has to offer.

One of the great advantages is just how accessible everything is – many sights are close together and you could pack a lot into just one day, but there’s so much to see that you’ll always want to come back for more.

Ten great Dorset points of interest

  1. Durdle Door
    Durdle Door

    One of the most photographed locations in the county, a famous and fascinating rock formation.
  2. Weymouth Old Harbour
    Weymouth Harbour

    A working harbour with great eateries, frequent events and lots to see and do. 
  3. Hardy Monument
    Hardy Monument

    A towering structure which can be seen from miles around - offers great views of coast and countryside.
  4. Portland Bill
    Portland Bill

    A fascinating and unique place to visit, lighthouses, rocks, wild seas, outrageous views. What's not to like?
  5. Studland

    Best known for its Nature Reserve and sandy beaches, this is a great spot for swimming, water sports and exploring.
  6. Durlston Country Park
    Durlston Country Park

    Close to Swanage and featuring sea-cliffs, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland - it's a naturalist's paradise.
  7. Cerne Abbas Giant
    Cerne Abbas Giant

    A rude man on a hill, but so much more than that. The village of Cerne Abbas is situated in some seriously beautiful Dorset countryside.
  8. Brownsea Island
    Brownsea Island

    The largest of Poole Harbour's islands and owned by the National Trust, Brownsea Island is a haven for wildlife and the site of the first boy scouts camp.
  9. Chesil Beach
    Chesil Beach

    A stunning 18-mile stretch of pebble beach, a haven for wildlife which runs from West Bay to Portland.
  10. Tyneham

    A tiny ghost village near Lulworth, requisitioned for the war in 1943, it remains under MoD control but is now a fascinating time capsule to explore.

If that's not enough for you, don't forget to check out the great attractions and activities on offer throughout Dorset. There's always something to see and do!

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