Dorset has some great places to visit so come on in and see

My intention with this page is to lead you to the places in Dorset worth seeing whether short stay or long stay.I have created separate pages for Bournemouth given it's size but for smaller places they will hang off this page.

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First port of call is Langton Matravers go here and see what's what including Langton House, a property which was once a school attended by David Niven.Now it 's been converted to luxury apartments but their not for sale or lease so check it out.

Or how about Abbotsbury famous for it's swanney subtropical garden and thriving arts community.

Then there is Christchuch Priory which has looked down on the town of Christchurch for over 900 years.

Brownsea Island is just a short ferry ride away from Sandbanks,so if you want a place that's peaceful, quiet, and has no cars , go here.

Shaftesbury in the north of the county commands great views and is home to the famous Gold Hill used in the classic TV commercial for Hovis bread.

Lulworth Cove is a perfect horse shoe shaped bay to the south west of Poole.It is part of the UNESCO recognised Jurrasic Coast which stretches from Swanage to Exmouth in Devon

Durdle Door is one of the most recognisable features of the Jurassic Coast and is about a mile to the west of Lulworth Cove.

Kimmeridge Bay lies to the east of Lulworth Cove and is popular with windsurfers,canoeists and scuba divers.

Worth Matravers just down the road from Langton Matravers,ideal base for walking to St Aldhelm's Head.

Portland Island is to the south of Weymouth and gives it's name to a world famous stone. The island is lined with cliffs on all sides which makes it popular with rock climbers.

Blandford showcases prime examples of Georgian architecture built after the town was destroyed by fire in 1731.

Tolpuddle is a village between Bere Regis and Dorchester.It has achieved notoriety due to it's connection with six labourers who campaigned for higher wages in the 19th Century.Go here to learn more.

Swanage is on the Jurassic Coast and boasts a great sandy beach,and a history forged by two men John Mowlem and George Burt.

Durlston Park was built by Burt and offers great views across the Channel and a very odd castle.

Wareham is a Saxon walled town to the south west of Poole and marks the entrance to the Isle Of Purbeck.

Wimborne is famous for it's Minster and chained library.You can find it 5 miles north of Poole.

Lyme Regis is on the border with Devon at the western end of the Jurassic Coast.It is the best area for fossil collecting and has a strong literary connection with Jane Austen and John Fowles.

Cerne Abbas can be found about 7 miles to the North of Dorchester and is most famous for it's chalk giant with a large phallus!.The giant cannot be walked on directly but the best view is from further away.

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