Dorset Quick Facts & Figures

Map of Dorset
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Dorset is located in South West England, prominent cities and towns in the area include Dorchester, Bournemouth and Weymouth. Dorset is one of the most southerly of England’s counties, the area enjoys a milder climate than most of the UK due to its location.

Dorset is renowned for its miles of scenic coastline and beaches much of which is incorporated in to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, charming small towns and villages full of character and plenty of open spaces allowing visitors to get away from it all and enjoy the best of the scenic countryside. Local attractions & places of interest include, The Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Oceanarium, Highcliffe Castle, Mapperton House, Dorset County Museum, Portland Castle and Gardens and Dorset County Museum. There are a number of historic buildings, castles, museums and galleries for visitors to explore in the area.

The area is host to a number of local festivals, shows, fairs and concerts throughout the year


Dorset Quick Facts

Population: 714,900

Region: South West England

Area total: 2,653 sq km

Languages: English

Dialling Code: 01305 (Dorchester), 01202 (Bournemouth), 01305 (Weymouth).

Postcode Area DT (Dorchester), BH (Bournemouth), DT3-4 (Weymouth).

Closest Airports: Bournemouth Airport, Southampton Airport & Bristol Airport.

Local Food: Lettuce Soup, Green Pea Soup, Dorset Lamb Crumble, Dorset Jugged Steak, Dorset Apple Cake and Dorset Cream Teas.

Nearest Towns & Cities:: Bournemouth, Weymouth, Poole, Dorchester, Sherborne, Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum.

Famous Attractions: The Jurassic Coast (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Oceanarium, Highcliffe Castle, Mapperton House, Dorset County Museum, Portland Castle and Gardens and Dorset County Museum.
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