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Book a Hotel in Dorset and enjoy one of the most fabulous coastlines in the country, of which nearly half has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. Best Western has 7 hotels in Dorset, spread mostly along the coastline and around the cities, but with easy access to the wonderful countryside and neighbouring counties of the West Country. Similarly to the rest of its western neighbours, Dorset is an ancient county and has been inhabited for a very long time. Its weird place names like Ryme Intrinseca and Cerne Abbas are a testament to this.

Town and city breaks in Dorset

The large seaside towns of Poole and Bournemouth are always worth a visit. Both will bring back the feeling of childhood during a breezy walk along the seafront before dining on some vinegary fish and chips out of a soggy newspaper. Poole Harbour sits on a millionaire's playground where you can learn to captain a speedboat, cutting up wake in the glistening, turquoise waters. Poole Quay, once a busy maritime trading zone, has turned increasingly towards tourism as its primary industry. The area is heavy with pubs, refurbished buildings, historic and listed buildings, as well as attractions and activities, it's a great place to spend your time off! From your hotel in Dorset, a visit to the beautiful county town, Dorchester, is simply a must. It is the town where Thomas Hardy grew up and based several of his most popular works on, including Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd. His home is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. There are also numerous Museums on offer including the Roman Town House, The Dinosaur Museum, the Keep Military Museum and The Tutankhamun Exhibition. The town's cleanliness and efficiency contributed towards it being granted Fairtrade Town status in 2004.

Holidays in the Dorset countryside

The southern coast of the county is more than 200 million years old and due to the volume of important and valuable fossils and historical discoveries made there, it has been called the Jurassic Coast and has been classed as a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are several landmarks and attractions that simply must be seen when visiting the area. The Dorset Cursus, a Neolithic monument created over 5000 years ago, stretches over 10km and was made for ancient ceremonial or ritual purposes. Perhaps Maiden Castle will interest you, arguably the largest Iron-Age hill fort in Europe or maybe the famous giant fertility symbol, a 55-metre, naked figure carved into the chalk hillside at Cerne Abbas. The swannery at Abbotsbury is a popular afternoon outing particularly for young children; you can often see swans hatching. There are mock, jousting tournaments at the Castle at Lulworth, built in the 17th-century Castle.

Beach holidays in Dorset

If your kids love beach outings, take them on a day trip to Lulworth Cove from your Dorset hotel. The place is shrowded in mystery and is rich in rock pools, caves and other hidden treasures. bucket and spade fun at Bournemouth is also hard to beat, as is the beautiful Sandbanks Beach which has more blue flags than any other in Britain.

Attractions in Dorset

The county has such a wealth of great and tremendously varied activities and attractions that you'll be busy at all times whenever you choose to leave your Dorset hotel. For those who wish to learn and experience a bit of culture, particularly the arts and history, there are a number of historic houses and gardens to explore and appreciate. To blend a bit of knowledge and entertainment together for the family, give the Jurassic Safari a go, an exploration of the renowned and breath-taking coastline by Land Rover. For a great day out with the kids try the Swanage Railway which takes you to the ruined Corfe Castle, the structure that inspired Enid Blyton in her classic children's stories. They also might like the Teddy Museum in Dorchester, one of the only places in the world where you can hug a human-sized Teddy Bear. Book a hotel in dorset with Best Western for an unforgettable short Uk break filled with sun, sea and city breaks.

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Attractions in Dorset:

Cardiff Blues Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013 (annual)

Newport Gwent Dragons. Courtesy of Rodney Parade Ltd
Newport Gwent Dragons Rugby Season - Magners League

Opening times:
Sep 2012 - May 2013 (annual)

Reading FC 2011/12

Opening times:
18 Aug 2012 - 19 May 2013 (annual)

Semi-State Rooms

Opening times:
Daily 9.45am-4.15pm Sep 2012 - Feb 2013 (annual)

The Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle © The Dean & Canons of Windsor
Changing of the Guard

Opening times:
Apr-July Mon-Sat 11am; Aug-Mar 11am alternate days and excluding Sundays; please visit the castle's website for full details Jan - Dec 2013 (annual)

What's on in Dorset:

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Dates Open:
01/03/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/11/2014 to 01/03/2015
01/11/2015 to 29/02/2016

Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally
Rallye Sunseeker National Car Rally

Dates Open:
24/02/2015 to 24/02/2015

The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum, Salisbury. Courtesy of The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum
The Rifles (Berkshire and Wiltshire) Museum

Dates Open:
01/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015
01/11/2015 to 30/11/2015

Artists' Market

Dates Open:
02/05/2015 to 02/05/2015
07/03/2015 to 07/03/2015
02/01/2016 to 02/01/2016
04/07/2015 to 04/07/2015
19/12/2015 to 19/12/2015
18/04/2015 to 18/04/2015
15/08/2015 to 15/08/2015
07/11/2015 to 07/11/2015
05/12/2015 to 05/12/2015
21/11/2015 to 21/11/2015
17/10/2015 to 17/10/2015
07/02/2015 to 07/02/2015
16/05/2015 to 16/05/2015
21/03/2015 to 21/03/2015
18/07/2015 to 18/07/2015
05/09/2015 to 05/09/2015
20/06/2015 to 20/06/2015
04/04/2015 to 04/04/2015
19/09/2015 to 19/09/2015
03/10/2015 to 03/10/2015
06/06/2015 to 06/06/2015
01/08/2015 to 01/08/2015
21/02/2015 to 21/02/2015

Caroline George ascending Storm Mountain Falls. Photo by Andrew Burr, courtesy of Banff Mountain Film Festival
The Banff Mountain Film Festival

Dates Open:
18/02/2015 to 18/02/2015

Westgate Museum

Dates Open:
01/02/2015 to 31/03/2015
01/04/2015 to 31/10/2015

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