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About Dorchester

Foodies and fun-loving families alike will feel perfectly at home in Dorchester, as Dorset’s county town serves up fabulous holiday experiences, from Michelin starred dining to the eccentric Dorset knob biscuit throwing festival, and everything in between.

The market-town is home to many independent shops, bars and eateries alongside historic houses and gardens, with the notable inclusion of Thomas Hardy’s former residence, open to the public through the National Trust.

With a history dating back to Roman Times, there are lots more stories to unearth in Dorchester than just those preserved in classic literature, with a wide selection of walking tours, sites of interest and museums for holidaymakers to explore. Legends can also be discovered in the surrounding area, including one of Britain’s biggest mysteries, the Cerne Abbas Giant. Referred to locally as the ‘rude man’ for reasons you will quickly understand, it is emblazoned on the hillside just 10 miles north of the town!

A wealth of attractions, beautiful architecture and a busy calendar of events ensures Dorchester has something for everyone. Just two and a half hours from London, it’s a popular starting point for many visitors to the region and a great base from which to experience Dorset’s delightful coast and countryside.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 1

We choose the delights of West Dorset for our minibreak, in an area stretching from Lyme Regis to Weymouth and Portland.

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Exploring Dorset - Day 2

On our second day in West Dorset, we set out to visit some of the region’s many fun-filled family attractions.

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Active Escapes

With no cities or motorways, and over half the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the stunning beaches and countryside of Dorset make an awe-inspiring site for outdoor enthusiasts. The open terrain plays host to a great number of accessible activities, suitable for all tastes and capabilities.

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Cultural Coast

From breath-taking storm beaches to idyllic fields and traditional villages, Dorset’s dramatic scenery covers a spectrum of characters and moods. As the birthplace or holiday location of some of the UK’s most highly regarded authors, it is no wonder that the region has been cited as the inspiration behind an array of literary settings.

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Historic Sights

As can be expected of any area that boasts a Jurassic Coast, a trip to Dorset is ideal for those wishing to step back in time. Aside from its celebrated fossils, there is a fantastic diversity of intriguing human history waiting to be discovered.

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