Dorset is a ceremonial county on the English Channel, known for its scenic beauty and the Dorset coast. It covers 2,653 square kilometres, bordering Devon, Somerset, Wiltshire and Hampshire. The county town is Dorchester.

Over half of the county is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Three-quarters of its coastline are part of the Jurassic Coast which is a National Trust site, and notable landforms are all over, such as the famous Durdle Door. Dorset has three ports; Poole, Weymouth and Portland. It is host to the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which features steam-powered vehicles and machinery and runs for five days ending on the August bank holiday. Dorset was also the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who often wrote about Dorset, and thee county features in the poems of William Barnes, who celebrates the ancient Dorset dialect.

If this isn’t enough, there are plenty more things to do in Dorset. The Tank Museum Dorset shows 100 years of history with its collection of fighting vehicles. If you’re looking for a Dorset water park you’re spoiled for choice; one of the best is Splashdown in Poole. Dorset Adventure Park at Corfe Castle is also a fun choice with its inflatable playgrounds. Enjoy birdwatching? Dorset birds are varied, from egrets to sandpipers to flycatchers.

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, Dorset cottages are very popular, and you can find plenty around. There are also lots of campsites in Dorset if you want to be around the trees and closer to nature. If you’re wondering what to eat, why not try and find a traditional Dorset apple cake.

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