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This is a county of contrast. Dorset offers a world of stunning scenery, attractions and picturesque villages for you to enjoy. The dramatic coastline presents spectacular geological features such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Chesil Beach and Old Harry Rocks. Further on you'll discover the fossil-rich, World Heritage designated, 'Jurassic Coast'.

The charming fishing ports that shelter here have inspired generations of writers from Jane Austen to John Fowles' French Lieutenant's Woman. This is Thomas Hardy country and the inspiration behind his literary classics - Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd. A visit to his cottage is a must for visitors who love literature.

Situated in England's West Country, west Dorset is almost entirely designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the coastline is a Natural World Heritage site. This is fossil hunting country and there is much to uncover along the impressive Coast. Whether your break includes active or lazy days, a warm welcome awaits you in Dorset.

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