Dorset is packed with an abundance of reasons to choose this vibrant and stunning county for your next adventure. Find out for yourself why Dorset's interesting past, refreshing character and beautiful landscapes, are just some of the reasons you should be visiting Dorset!

1. Lord Milton thought the village of Milton Abbas was distracting to his view so he rehomed his tenants in a new village he built. Today the new Milton Abbas is so charming and picturesque that it is often mistaken by visitors as a visitor attraction.

The picturesque village of Milton Abbas

2. West Lulworth's scallop-shaped cove was created about 10,000 years ago during the last ice age!

Dorset's Jurassic Coast is a window of millions of years into the past

3. Fleet Lagoon near Weymouth was the secret spot first used to test prototypes of the ‘bouncing bomb’.

4. Brownsea Island hosted the first ever boy’s camp which led to the World Scouting Movement. It's now home to rare red squirrels.

Spotting wildlife on brownsea island such as the red squirrel

5. Dorset Naga was awarded the world’s hottest chilli in 2006 measuring 900,000 on the Scoville heat scale. It’s predecessor, the Red Savina Habanero measured a mere 570,000 compared to Dorset’s own Naga chilli astonishing scientists at the time. Since then, other chillies have taken the top spot but our Naga still holds its own on the worldwide top 10.

6. In 1811 Mary Anning discovered the worlds first ever dinosaur skeleton of an Ichthyosaurus in a cliff above Lyme Regis. Mary soon became world famous for her fossil hunting skills and is said to be the originating inspiration for the ‘she sells sea shells on the seashore’ tongue twister.

7. Weymouth is one of the sunniest spots in Britain with an average of 1,600 to 2,000 hours of sunshine a year. In May 1989, Weymouth had the sunniest month on record with a total of 322.9 hours of sun which is about 2 weeks worth!

Weymouth Beach is an extremely popular location for holiday makers

8. One of Dorset's most unusual events is the annual Nettle Eating Championships which stems from two farmers arguing over who had the longest nettles. Past winners have consumed 50ft of nettles!

9. Poole’s Haven Hotel was the location for the world’s first ever radio link set up by Marconi in 1896.

10. Corfe Castle is one of the National Trust’s most visited attractions, welcoming in excess of 200,000 visitors per year.

Corfe Castle is a fascinating glimpse into Dorset's past

Start planning your break to Dorset today. With a host of wonderful attractions, lively events, superb accommodation and exquisite food & drink, we're confident that you'll enjoy a holiday that will live long in your memory.

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Milton Abbas
Countryside
Milton Abbas

One of Dorset's most famous villages, its 'street' a picture postcard thatch village with pretty cottages and wide lawns.

Lulworth Cove
Natural Feature
Lulworth Cove - photo credit to Visit Britain/Ben Selway

The beautiful white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove, with its blue waters and easy access make it a popular destination. Low tide reveals wonderful rockpools teeming with sea creatures. Dogs are permitted on the left hand side of the slipway.

Abbotsbury Beach - Chesil Bank and Fleet Lagoon
Beach
Chesil Beach fishing

A shelving beach made up of pebbles and shingle, popular with both local anglers and families for mackerel fishing.

Weymouth
Town
Weymouth

With the fantastic backdrop of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, an award winning safe sandy beach, full programme of colourful events and fun-filled attractions, Weymouth is the ideal all year round holiday destination.

Brownsea Island
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Red Squirrel on Brownsea Island

A beautiful island with wonderful views, history & wildlife including rare red squirrels and birds, and is also the birthplace of Scouting and Guiding.

Lyme Regis
Town
WDDC credit

Lyme Regis is Dorset's most westerly town, a bustling and picturesque seaside resort famous for its fossils and literary connections.

Corfe Castle
National Trust Property
Corfe Castle in spring

Adults and children alike will be captivated by the romantic Corfe Castle ruins and the breath-taking views across Purbeck.

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