Dorset towns are brimming with history and charm, set in beautiful countryside and fringed by glorious coastline.
Visit the coastal towns in Dorset on the Jurassic Coast and beyond, with their mix of colourful harbours, sandy beaches and seaside fun, or head inland and discover our fascinating market towns.
Historical Towns in Dorset
Vibrant and thriving, the historic market towns in Dorset offer a contemporary fusion of old and new.
The county town of Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) is a perfect example, mixing relics of its Roman past with the recently built Brewery Square, a vibrant new quarter bringing a trendy, Covent Garden feel to the town.
Sherborne is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns in England. Medieval and mellow stoned this Dorset gem has a magnificent abbey, two castles and reputation for art, antiques and unique shopping.
The old Saxon town of Wareham is situated on the River Frome making the pretty town a popular destination for those who enjoy boating up the river or simply relaxing on the Quay.
And close to Dorset’s northerly border you will find Shaftesbury, famous for Gold Hill, the steep cobbled street which provided the backdrop to the 1970s Hovis advert.
Dorset’s Coastal Towns
Victorian doctors used to prescribe patients a seaside stay to combat ailments of the spirit and a spell on the coast is still as every bit restorative as any pill.
The stylish town of Lyme Regis combines one of the south west’s most enviable dining scenes with a laid back ambience, typified by the mackerel fisherman who recline in chairs along the famous Cobb.
Historic Christchurch has a Saxon past, Norman priory, green flag quay and two castles. The colourful row of swanky beach huts at nearby Mudeford are among Britain’s most expensive.
Breathe in the salt-drenched air as you wander between ice-cream and seafood stalls and relax on the beach whilst the children splash happily in the shallow waters and build sandcastles.
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Get lost in Dorset’s charm and stay with us a while. Click below to browse our fantastic selection of accommodation and book a stay in one of the man Dorset towns.
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