Exploring the Dorset Area
Dorset is as multi-layered as the famous fossil flecked cliffs along its Jurassic Coast - a stunning stretch of 200 million-year-old shoreline that has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding geological make-up.
The charming countryside Dorset has to offer has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it's easy to see why - take some time to discover this beautiful county at your own pace.
There is more to Dorset than just stunning scenery, a magnificant coast and fabulous beaches - the history of this county is rich and vivid.
How many areas do you know that can boast a huge naked chalk giant, England's first Natural World Heritage Site and the largest hillfort in Europe!
All over Dorset, you'll uncover charming market towns and tiny villages tucked into tranquil rurality.
Each town has its own individuality, character and history to relate.
It is no wonder that the area has captivated film and TV makers from all over the world.
Productions of all kinds have been filmed on location here, with Dorset's unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and spectacular historic houses and gardens being used as a backdrop to the action.
Dorset plays a starring role in Broadchurch.
Broadchurch is written and created by Chris Chibnall and explores what happens to a small community in Dorset when it suddenly becomes the focus of a police investigation, following the tragic and mysterious death of an eleven year old boy under the glare of the media spotlight.
The Dorset landscape informs the drama, the cliffs, the sea, the beach are all key elements of the story - it's a tragic story set in a beautiful place.
Dorset is proud to offer a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, many of which are right on the coast.
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Last but not least, if you take the time to look a little closer at the region, you will discover an area that's as culturally and historically rich as any in the UK.