The diverse towns of Dorset are packed full of history and charm.
Each has its own character and tales to tell: villages as diverse
as Abbotsbury with its Swannery and dramatic views across Chesil
Beach, and Cerne Abbas famed for its ruined Abbey and 180 foot chalk
You'll find historic buildings, long established shops selling
the finest local fare, tempting tea rooms and superb village pubs.
Explore Europe's largest natural harbour, the stunning entrance
to Poole, with five fabulous islands, including the National Trust's
Brownsea Island. Take one of the daily sailings to Cherbourg and
sail through the breathtaking scenery or enjoy a romantic sunset
view across the harbour.
Discover the wild openness of the New Forest or step back in time
and experience the nostalgia of Swanage Steam railway.
Explore on foot following our extensive network of paths, or join
the circular 73 cycleway, which largely uses the quiet country lanes
through North Dorset.