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Guide To Holidaying In Dorset

A guide by Verity Burns

Dorset Located in the South-West of England, Dorset is a small gem of a county on the English Channel Coast. Made up of many small villages and a few larger towns, its rural beauty is unspoiled by unsightly city landscapes, leaving Dorset's rolling green hills and 90 miles of breathtaking coastline for you to explore.

Dorset has a long history of human settlement dating back to 8000BC and some notable archaeology, including the hill forts of Maiden Castle and Hod Hill. Most of Dorset's picturesque coastline was designated a World Heritage Site in 2001. This is hardly surprising with its unique geographical landforms such as those at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, which are definitely worth a visit.

Of course, Dorset is also famous for its holiday seaside resorts of Bournemouth, Weymouth, Swanage and Lyme Regis to name a few. Teamed with good, safe beaches and the fact that Dorset enjoys more annual sunshine than any other county, you can't visit the area without allowing yourself a day to do nothing but kick back on the beach.

If you're looking for something a little more cultural than sandcastles and ice cream, Dorset still has plenty to offer. For example, visit the two homes of author Thomas Hardy in Dorset's county town, Dorchester, where such classics as Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure were written.

Old market towns like Blandford Forum and Shaftesbury will make you feel like you have entered a time warp whilst a trip to Brownsea Island from Poole Harbour is an excellent day out for nature enthusiasts. Just don't forget your binoculars!

Don't miss Dorset's regular annual events too, such as the Lyme Regis annual regatta and carnival in August, Swanage Railway's annual Diesel Day in November and the Dorset Flower Show in June. Check www.dorsetattractions.co.uk for an extensive list of activities and their dates.

After all that sight-seeing, you will have certainly worked up a hunger. You will be surprised at the great variety of food, whether you fancy fish and chips or a curry, it's all here.

One thing is for certain, if variety is important for you and your family, then Dorset is the perfect break for you.

Find A Bed And Breakfast In Dorset

Golfers Reach

Golfers Reach

Highcliffe. From £0 per week

Denise welcomes you to her comfortable Bed and Breakfast, ideally situated for Highcliffe Castle, Golfers Reach is located opposite Highcliffe Castle Golf Club. All 6 room en-suite. Sandy beaches.

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Portman Lodge

Portman Lodge

Blandford Forum. From £45 per week

Portman Lodge is an elegant Victorian house situated close to the centre of Blandford Forum, an interesting Georgian market town set in central part of of the northern half of the county of Dorset.

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Kelston Guest House

Kelston Guest House

Weymouth. From £0 per week

Kelston Guest House is a family run guest house, offering a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We are situated less than 50 metres from Weymouth beach.

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