Heritage Britain

The county of Dorset, England



Sherborne Castle

Dorset is often known as ‘Thomas Hardy country’ as the writer immortalised the county in his books. ‘Casterbridge’ was based on Dorchester the county town, for example, and his cottage is open to visitors. This is a land of small thatched cottages and quiet back roads and, without a large conurbation, Dorset is little changed in centuries. The warmth of the local people with their curious dialect belies a certain turbulent past with memories of the ‘Bloody Azzizes’ of Judge Jeffreys and the ruins of Corfe Castle standing as spectacular reminders. The Purbeck hills that surround Corfe are both rugged and beautiful and stretch to a chalk-cliffed coast. Historic house builders have left their distinctive marks at places like medieval Athelhampton, Cranborne Manor with its wonderful gardens and Sherborne Castle (home of Sir Walter Raleigh).

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Selected Dorset hotels - Please Refresh for another random Hotel list

Eastbury Hotel, Sherborne
The Grange at Oborne, Sherborne
Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorchester
De Vere Royal Bath, Bournemouth
The Portland Heights Hotel & Leisure Centre, Portland (Near Weymouth)
Thistle Poole, Poole
Langtry Manor, Bournemouth
Yellowham Farmhouse, Dorchester
Express By Holiday Inn, Poole, Poole
Bridge House Hotel, Ferndown

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Dorset Tourist Information Centres

Blandford Tourist Information Centre
1 Greyhound Yard, Market Place
Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7BB
Tel: +44 (0) 1258 454770
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Bournemouth Tourist Information Centre
Westover Road, Bournemouth
Dorset, BH1 2BU
Tel: +44 (0) 906 80 20 234
Fax: +44 (0) 202 451743
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Bridport Tourist Information Centre
32 South Street, Bridport
Dorset, DT6 3NQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1308 424901
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Christchurch Tourist Information Centre
23 High Street, Christchurch
Dorset, BH23 1AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 471780
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 476816
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Dorchester Tourist Information Centre
Unit 11, Antelope Walk
Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1BE
Tel: +44 (0) 1305 267992
Fax: +44 (0) 1305 266079
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Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre
Church Street, Lyme Regis
Dorset, DT7 3BS
Tel: +44 (0) 1297 442138
Fax: +44 (0) 1297 444688
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Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre
8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury
Dorset, SP7 8AE
Tel: +44 (0) 1747 853514
Fax: +44 (0) 1747 850593
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Sherborne Tourist Information Centre
3 Tilton Court, Digby Street
Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3NL
Tel: +44 (0) 1935 815341
Fax: +44 (0) 1935 817210
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Swanage Tourist Information Centre
The White House, Shore Road
Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1LB
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 422885
Fax: +44 (0) 1929 423423
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Wareham Tourist Information Centre
Trinity Church, South Street
Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4LU
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 552740
Fax: +44 (0) 1929 554491
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Weymouth Tourist Information Centre
The King's Statue, The Esplanade
Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 7AN
Tel: +44 (0) 1305 785747
Fax: +44 (0) 1305 788092
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Wimborne Tourist Information Centre
29 High Street, Wimborne
Dorset, BH21 1HR
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 886116
Fax: +44 (0) 1202 841025
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