Dorset is located along the southern coast of England and faces the English Channel. Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. 70% of the Dorset coastline forms the Jurassic Coast. The Jurassic Coast is a largely undeveloped area and where a series of fossil that date back to the Mesozoic era have been found. The Mesozoic Era began about 250 million years ago and are divided into three time spans; The Triassic, The Jurassic and the Cretaceous. Hence the origin of the name of the Jurassic Coast. Through the center of the Dorset region are the Dorset Downs which is a chalk downs area which is mainly agricultural with farms, dairy cattle and a hunting preserve mixed with the remaining forest of the area. The coastal areas of Weymouth, Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth are popular tourist destinations.

Destinations for Dorset vacations

Ideas for Dorset vacations

Enjoy visiting Poole Harbour - the largest harbour in Europe.

Indulge in some local beer by visiting Hall & Woodhouse of Blandford who brews the Badger Best Bitter.