In England’s West Country, Dorset is a rural place without a single city.
But what Dorset does have is the most romantic countryside and heroic coastal landscapes that make up the UNESCO-listed Jurassic Coast.
Wherever you go there’s always something memorable to see close by.
On the sea are atmospheric ports, perfect sandy beaches, massive cliffs and natural wonders like Durdle Door.
You’re in England’s fossil-hunting capital here, where exciting finds are guaranteed with a little patience.
And strewn across the interior are castles, abbeys and stately homes, many of which you may already have seen on TV or in movies.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Dorset:
It’s easy to see why the coastal town of Weymouth is such a hit with tourists: Straight away there’s the enchanting harbour, set on the banks of the River Wey before it reaches the sea.
The quays have a quaint jumble of old inns and warehouses, and you can take in the scene from a waterside bench and watch the yachts and trawlers come and go.
And then there’s the beach: Long, sandy and with waters safe for kids to spend whole sunny days paddling and splashing around.
There’s always something big going on in Weymouth, be it the Kite Festival in May and the Seafood Festival on the quaysides in July.