Discover Dorset

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Named one of the best places to live in the south west.

Home to the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, 7,000 hectares of heathland, a magnet for fossil hunters and setting for the hit TV series Broadchurch. Also famous for a 57-mile stretch of coastline, including our sandy award-winning beaches, and the hustle and bustle of vibrant towns, Dorset is simply one of the most stunning coastal areas in the country. It’s not hard to see why many make the move here each year and never leave.
 
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Our top nine reasons to live and work in Dorset.

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Area of outstanding natural beauty

More than half of Dorset is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), reflecting our breathtaking landscapes, panoramic views, rich wildlife habitats and historical landmarks such as earthworks and ancient monuments.

 

Events

We host some of the south’s biggest outdoor events, from the hugely popular Camp Bestival and Great Dorset Steam Fair to the high-flying Bournemouth Air Festival and Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth. And then there’s our unique Dorset Knob Throwing event!

 

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Famous attractions

You will never be short of things to do, whatever your age or interest. Nationally famous attractions include Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Lulworth Castle and Kingston Lacy House. And you have your pick of 600 pubs.

 

Nightlife

Think Dorset might be a bit sleepy? Think again. Bournemouth boasts a host of happening nightclubs, while you can enjoy top music and comedy talent in venues such as the Bournemouth International Centre, the O2 Academy, and The Lighthouse in Poole.

 

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Sport and outdoor pursuits

Watch AFC Bournemouth take on the cream of the Premier League, see the Poole Pirates battle for another speedway title or take to the water at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. There are endless opportunities for diving, wind surfing, fishing, cliff climbing, rowing and cycling. 

Beaches

You’ll have two of the UK’s favourite family resorts, Bournemouth and Weymouth, on your doorstep, plus Poole Quay and the glorious Sandbanks beach – all blessed with some of the sunniest weather in the country.


 

Historic landmarks

Famous landmarks include Brownsea Island, birthplace of the scouting movement; Corfe Castle; the Cerne Abbas Giant; Gold Hill in Shaftesbury; Durdle Door; the Cobb at Lyme Regis, and the former homes of Thomas Hardy, run by the National Trust.


 

Travel

We have great road and rail links to London, while Bournemouth International Airport offers flights to a host of top holiday destinations. The New Forest, Salisbury Plain, Dartmoor, Southampton and the Isle of Wight are all within easy travelling distance.


 

Education and employment

We have a range of high-performing schools and colleges, the constantly growing Bournemouth University, specialist centres such as Kingston Maurward agricultural college and four exciting outdoor education centres. Farming, fishing and tourism are key parts of our economy, but Dorset is also a thriving centre for creative, engineering and financial services.

See more of what our beautiful county has to offer at Visit Dorset.

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