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The county of Dorset has been known for years as a county of outstanding beauty, and breath-taking scenery. With it's coastline extending from Lyme Regis to the west and Christchurch to the east, it also has by far the best known selection of sandy beaches to the found in the British Isles. Moving from the sandy beaches of Bournmouth and Poole westwards, the low lying heathlands giveway to chalk downland, and a rich landscape of rivers and woodlands. Towards the north of the county the Dorset scenery is speckled with small villages and historic towns.
Away from the fishing towns and villages of the coast, much of the county developed around farming and agriculture. Over the years, dairy farming became very prominent throughout the county especially in the Blackmore Vale. Throughout Dorset farms tended to separate their lands into small fields that are still encapsulated within hedgerows and separated by small winding lanes. This has been maintained over the years, preserving a unique landscape visitors to the area adore.
On the coast, the commercial docks and many of the small fishing fleets have declined, previously busy comercial harbor's such as Poole and Weymouth are now almost entirely dedicated to the development of tourism and marinas. Whilst the normally mild climate of Dorset suits this in the Summer mounths, in the winter visiting the towns can be far less interesting.

Dorset Tourist Attractions

Nightlife and Leisure

Many of the better known tourist attractions within Dorset, are to be found along the coast, the towns of Bournemouth and Poole, are the centers for of night-time activity as well as having arguably the best beaches in the county. Poole's Tower Park was one of the first and largest complexes of its kind in Europe, it opened in 1989, and it still continues to attract thousands of people from throughout the area. The park has facilities ranging from a swimming pool and ice-rink to an eight screen cinema and ten pin bowling as well as a night-club, and numerous restaurants, and bars. Theaters can be found in Bournemouth and Weymouth, as well as the Regent Center in Christchurch and the Tivoli in Wimborne. In addition the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) is one of England's leading indoor venues for many top bands and international stars.

The Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site) stretching along the coast from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to the Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset.
Along the coast the fossilised remains of 185 million years of the Earth's history have been exposed by the sea creating a natural walk through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods as you travel eastwards. The area was awarded World Heritage Site status in December 2001.

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