• Abbotsbury

    Abbotsbury

    The charming village of Abbotsbury marks the centre of an area that has been settled for more than 6000 years. Within the present parish are…

  • Beaminster

    Beaminster

    Beaminster is an old settlement, dating back to around the 7th century, when it was known as Bebingmynster, meaning the church of Bebbe. The…

  • Blandford Forum

    Blandford Forum

    Blandford Forum was a major market town during the later medieval period. This was principally due to the fact that both the main road from…

  • Bournemouth

    Bournemouth

    It is possible for the tourist to view Bournemouth’s seven miles of golden sands and surrounding countryside from a hot air balloon. However…

  • Bridport

    Bridport

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

  • Cerne Abbas

    Cerne Abbas

    Cerne Abbas is a well-preserved historic village nestling in the valley of the River Cerne, among the steep chalk downland of central Dorset.…

  • Christchurch

    Christchurch

    During the Iron Age, the area between the rivers Avon and Stour were settled and the town of Christchurch was born. From Saxon times, the Great…

  • Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle is a village, civil parish and ruined castle with views stretching across the width of the Isle of Purbeck. The castle, which overlooks…

  • Dorchester

    Dorchester

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

  • Ferndown

    Ferndown

    The name, Ferndown, is believed to have been derived from the Anglo-Saxon word “fiergen”, which means wooded hill, and this area,…

  • Gillingham

    Gillingham

    Gillingham, the Leddenton of Thomas Hardy's novels, is situated in the Blackmore Vale, and is the most northerly town in Dorset. The town is…

  • Lyme Regis

    Lyme Regis

    Situated at the mouth of the river Lym, Lyme Regis is the most westerly town in Dorset. It lies halfway between Exeter, to the west, and Dorchester,…

  • Poole

    Poole

    Dorset's largest town and industrial centre is the old port of Poole, which boasts one of the largest natural harbours in the world. The River…

  • Portland

    Portland

    Portland is not really an island but is reached over a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. It is a huge block of limestone, measuring 4.5 miles…

  • Purbeck

    Purbeck

    Purbeck is a district of Dorset that takes its name from the peninsula known locally as the 'Isle of Purbeck'. This sixty square mile chunk…

  • Shaftesbury

    Shaftesbury

    At over 750 feet above sea level, Shaftesbury is one of the highest towns in England. It was known as 'Caer Palladur' in Celtic times. The Saxons…

  • Sherborne

    Sherborne

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

  • Sturminster Newton

    Sturminster Newton

    Sturminster Newton is a pretty Dorset town, in the Stour farmlands, where there has been a market since 1272. It is situated in the beautiful…

  • Swanage

    Swanage

    The town of Swanage is on the Isle Of Purbeck, a spur of land jutting out into the English Channel. The wide Swanage Bay gives good views to…

  • Wareham

    Wareham

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

  • Weymouth

    Weymouth

    Weymouth Bay has often been described as England’s Bay of Naples. It has something to offer everyone with golden sands, safe bathing and…

  • Wimborne

    Wimborne

    Wimborne lies on the River Stour. It was an old Saxon settlement and the foundation of the Wimborne Minster dates back to the beginning of the…

  • Wool

    Wool

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

  • Yetminster

    Yetminster

    Yetminster is a lovely village, situated on the River Wriggle and built almost entirely of honey coloured limestone, and is well worth visiting.…

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