Dorset

This county is as green and pleasant as any in Britain. 

Dorset, England

DORSET - AT A GLANCE

  • If you want to sample a classic slice of rural England with some impressive coastline thrown in, this is your place. One of the few counties in England without a motorway, Dorset is perfect for a quiet country escape.
     
  • Find fossils on the beaches of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site of hidden bays, sandy beaches and crumbling cliffs, and drink ale in ancient inns once frequented by smugglers.
     
  • Don’t forget to visit the staggering Maiden Castle, one of the largest, most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe.
     
  • Bordered by Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire it also makes an idyllic base for exploring the Southwest.
     
  • Nearby Wiltshire has the iconic Stonehenge while the New Forest to the east is designated as a National Park for its magical woodland.
     
  • The quickest route from London is by train to the seaside town of Bournemouth, which takes around 2 hours.

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