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With idyllic rolling countryside and fantastic coastline, Dorset has long been a favourite for holidays. Within what is one of England's smallest counties there is a surprising diversity amongst the towns and villages in Dorset. From the smallest Purbeck villages, with a clutch of cottages around a duck pond up to the apartments, grand hotels and piers of seaside resort towns like Bournemouth. In between you will find many pleasant market towns brimming with history.

The list below is by no means a complete guide to the towns and villages of Dorset, it does however provide a useful starting point for seeking out your holiday accommodation in Dorset.

  • Abbotsbury

    Abbotsbury accommodation

    The charming village of Abbotsbury marks the centre of an area that has been settled for more than 6000…

  • Beaminster

    Beaminster accommodation

    Beaminster is an old settlement, dating back to around the 7th century, when it was known as Bebingmynster,…

  • Blandford Forum

    Blandford Forum accommodation

    Blandford Forum was a major market town during the later medieval period. This was principally due to…

  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth accommodation

    It is possible for the tourist to view Bournemouth’s seven miles of golden sands and surrounding…

  • Bridport

    Bridport accommodation

    Bridport is a small market town and fishing port, for many years the main producer of ropes in the country.…

  • Cerne Abbas

    Cerne Abbas accommodation

    Cerne Abbas is a well-preserved historic village nestling in the valley of the River Cerne, among the…

  • Christchurch

    Christchurch accommodation

    During the Iron Age, the area between the rivers Avon and Stour were settled and the town of Christchurch…

  • Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle accommodation

    Corfe Castle is a village, civil parish and ruined castle with views stretching across the width of…

  • Dorchester

    Dorchester accommodation

    Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. To anyone who has read and enjoyed the novels of Thomas Hardy…

  • Ferndown

    Ferndown accommodation

    The name, Ferndown, is believed to have been derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “fiergen”,…

  • Gillingham

    Gillingham accommodation

    Gillingham, the Leddenton of Thomas Hardy's novels, is situated in the Blackmore Vale, and is the most…

  • Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis accommodation

    Situated at the mouth of the river Lym, Lyme Regis is the most westerly town in Dorset. It lies halfway…

  • Poole

    Poole accommodation

    Dorset's largest town and industrial centre is the old port of Poole, which boasts one of the largest…

  • Portland

    Portland accommodation

    Portland is not really an island but is reached over a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. It is a huge…

  • Purbeck

    Purbeck accommodation

    Purbeck is a district of Dorset that takes its name from the peninsula known locally as the 'Isle of…

  • Shaftesbury

    Shaftesbury accommodation

    At over 750 feet above sea level, Shaftesbury is one of the highest towns in England. It was known as…

  • Sherborne

    Sherborne accommodation

    Sherborne has much to offer visitors and is one of the most beautiful towns in England. Situated on…

  • Sturminster Newton

    Sturminster Newton accommodation

    Sturminster Newton is a pretty Dorset town, in the Stour farmlands, where there has been a market since…

  • Swanage

    Swanage accommodation

    The town of Swanage is on the Isle Of Purbeck, a spur of land jutting out into the English Channel.…

  • Wareham

    Wareham accommodation

    There was a Roman settlement at Wareham and the modern town has grown up over this. It is believed that…

  • Weymouth

    Weymouth accommodation

    Weymouth Bay has often been described as England’s Bay of Naples. It has something to offer everyone…

  • Wimborne

    Wimborne accommodation

    Wimborne lies on the River Stour. It was an old Saxon settlement and the foundation of the Wimborne…

  • Wool

    Wool accommodation

    Wool today is mainly modern and scattered, but there are a few remaining historic buildings. The 17th…

  • Yetminster

    Yetminster accommodation

    Yetminster is a lovely village, situated on the River Wriggle and built almost entirely of honey coloured…

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