Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the non-metropolitan county, which is governed by Dorset County Council, and the unitary authorities of Poole and Bournemouth.
Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys. Over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of its coastline is a World Heritage Site that features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.
The south coast counties of Dorset, Hampshire, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent enjoy more sunshine than anywhere else in the United Kingdom, receiving 1,541-1,885 hours a year
Things to do
There aren't many areas that can claim a huge naked chalk giant, a coastline where you can follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs and the largest hillfort in Europe.
The spectacular Jurassic Coast was named England's first natural World Heritage Site for its outstanding geology which represents 185 million years of earth history in just 95 miles.
Away from the coast there are some brilliant visitor attractions to discover along with ancient market towns, fascinating hill forts, ruined castles, quaint cottages and grand stately homes where history is brought to life.