Dorset is one of the maritime counties of Southern England, and its 90 miles of coastline between Lyme Regis in the west and Christchurch to the east forms part of the Dorset and East Devon Coast World Heritage Site, also known as the "Jurassic Coast".
The county offers a selection of the finest sandy beaches to be found in the United Kingdom and being on the south coast Dorset enjoys relatively dry and sunny weather throughout the summer months.
Dorset offers a host of historical, cultural and family attractions including the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester which features actual fossils and dinosaur skeletons
and the Abbotsbury Swannery previously voted Best Dorset Attraction by The Good Guide to Britain.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
widely recognised as the largest fair of its kind in the world appeals not only to enthusiasts of steam and vintage vehicles, but to everyone
as there are attractions, music and entertainment for the whole family.
See also Attractions and Days Out in Dorset
Dorset is a fabulous destination for holiday or leisure breaks.
Singles or couples can enjoy lively nightlife and entertainment or enjoy a romantic weekend away, while working parents can find plenty to amuse themselves and their children.
Travelling to Dorset
Dorset is one of the few Counties in the UK with no motorways, but the major Towns and destinations in the county are connected by a network of main roads including the A31 (a continuation of the M27 motorway), A35, A37, A303, A347, A338, A350 and A354.
There are frequent coach services and coach tours that run to and around Dorset.
For rail travellers, services are available on the West of England Main Line running from London Waterloo to Exeter and the South Western Main Line running from London Waterloo to Weymouth.
For travellers from further afield
BOH receives flights from major and provincial airports throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
There is a regular Shuttle bus service that links Bournemouth Town Centre to the airport.
Previously known as Hurn Airport and Bournemouth International Airport in 2008 Bournemouth Airport was ranked best airport in the United Kingdom and 3rd best in the world by the Daily Telegraph Travel Awards.
Ferry services operate from the two passenger sea ports at Poole and Weymouth which both operate to
Guernsey, St Helier and Saint Malo. Poole also operates to Cherborg-Octeville.
Accommodation in Dorset
Dorset offers a wide variety of holiday accommodation, including self-catering cottages, apartments and chalets, camping and caravan sites, to suit all tastes and budgets.