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Looking for pretty little towns to explore whilst visiting Dorset? 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.
Enjoy unique shopping and farmers' markets, amazing architecture and plenty of places to eat out and sample the local produce.
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
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.
Bridport and West Bay are a must visit! Combining history, a thriving market and vibrant culture it really is a town for everyone. Couple that with its nearby seaside village of West Bay (or as you may recognise it – Broadchurch!) and you’ll soon see why this little town has people returning year on year.
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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The quaint little town of Beaminster stands at the head of Dorset's 'Hidden Valley'.
Visit Blandford, the most complete Georgian town in England.
Explore Bournemouth day and night. Award winning beaches, shopping and entertainment for all ages, plus an all year round events calendar.
Charming and pretty Bridport has a vibrant atmosphere and a well deserved reputation for quality local food. Nearby West Bay is famous for providing the stunning backdrop to hit drama, Broadchurch.
Family attractions, fascinating museums, fantastic places to eat and much more! Dorset's county town has it all!
Stylish, elegant, yet informal. Lyme Regis has an abundance of charm that will have you coming back time and again.
Attractive historic old town and bustling quayside, award winning beaches and exciting events for all the family.
Rugged, relaxed and famous for its National Sailing Academy, Portland is alive with activity.
Set in the unspoilt countryside of north Dorset, these charming towns offer visitors a very special experience.
With a magnificent Abbey, two castles, picturesque Almshouses and unique shopping, a visit to Sherborne is a cultural 'must'.
Historic Seaside town, surrounded by breath taking landscapes.
You'll find everything you need for a relaxing break or action packed daytrip.
Explore Wareham’s 2000 years of history, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the eateries, browse the interesting and unique shops or go for a riverside walk and surround yourself with rolling hills and beautiful views.
The beautiful seaside resort of Weymouth is blessed with a long sandy beach, buzzing waterfront harbour, shops and plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy!