Your best tourist guide to Dorset

Sherborne Abbey michaelday_bath/Flickr

Sherborne Abbey ©michaelday_bath/Flickr

The wonderful county of Dorset is situated in the southernmost part of England, presenting a long coastline. The county town is the beautiful Dorchester. Dorset is home to numerous fascinating visitor attractions ranging from castles to museums, from churches to gardens, from beaches to historic sights and others. If you are traveling to Dorset on your next holiday, this guide might help you finding the best sights. It will serve as your tourist guide to Dorset. I am absolutely sure that you will find some excellent visitor attractions in the area. Whether you prefer to lye on the beach or to visit religious sites or historic buildings, you can do anything you want in Dorset!

Sherborne Castle

The beautiful building is actually a Tudor mansion which dates back in the 16th century, but it is named Sherborne Castle. The wonderful mansion was built on the site of a former hunting lodge. Later, the house was extended, obtaining its actual look. The mansion is surrounded by wonderful gardens which can be visited. The house is also open to the public most Saturdays. (March 2013) It includes wonderful furniture, art collections and porcelain.

The beaches

As I already mentioned, the county owns a long coastal line. There are several fantastic beaches perfect for families, some of them being Blue Flag awarded ones. There are fine beaches in East Dorset, including Poole and Bournemouth. As for the surfers, the lovers of this watersport will find some popular beaches at Bournemouth. There are some portions of scientific interest, too. The Jurassic Coast is a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered a “geological walk through time”.

Bournemouth Beach lostajy/Flickr

Bournemouth Beach ©lostajy/Flickr

Sherborne Abbey

If you are interested in religious sites, Sherborne Abbey is the best choice for you! Today it is a parish church dedicated to Mary the Virgin. The building wears the characteristics of several architectural styles, including Saxon, Norman and Early English styles. The abbey is extremely popular among visitors, attracting a large number of tourists yearly. It is open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 16:30. (March 2013)

Sherborne Abbey michaelday_bath/Flickr

Sherborne Abbey ©michaelday_bath/Flickr

Swanage Railway

It is absolutely one of the most exciting experiences you can make in the county of Dorset. Swanage Railway is very popular among tourists. Pass back in the past on this steam train while you explore the wonderful countryside of Swanage. There are several stations along the journey, so you have the occasion to visit such fantastic attractions like Corfe Castle, the Jurassic Coast and picturesque historic villages.

Swanage Railway MarilynJane/Flickr

Swanage Railway ©MarilynJane/Flickr

 

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