Sandy beaches, dramatic coastline, beautiful countryside… Dorset really does have it all
Stretching between bustling Bournemouth in the east and historic Lyme Regis in the west, and north to Shaftesbury and Gillingham, Dorset has some of the finest coastlines, best-loved countryside and most fascinating history in the whole of the UK.
The world-famous Jurassic Coast, along with traditional seaside resorts large and small, makes the county a magnet for visitors, while off the beaten track, the ancient Purbeck Hills, the sweeping Blackmore Vale, the chalk downland and limestone ridges offer peace and quiet, beautiful views and a relaxing, timeless way of life.
Bournemouth and neighbouring Poole are vibrant and busy, with major shops and stores, world-class arts and entertainment and first class communications links to London and beyond.
The further west you go in Dorset, the more relaxing it becomes! The historic county town of Dorchester, charming Weymouth, the hill-top beauty-spot of Shaftesbury and all the delightful villages in between – from Hazelbury Bryan to Piddletrenthide – are what make visitors come again and again – and eventually decide to stay!