Dorset has an attractive and varied landscape and coastline and visitors can enjoy an abundance of undulating hills and beautiful countryside with pretty market towns and villages.
Historical Dorchester is the heart of Thomas Hardy Country. Hardy's Cottage, his birthplace in the woods at Higher Bockhampton and Max Gate, the home he designed for himself in later life are both open to the public by the National Trust
Maiden Castle iron age hill-fort Poundbury Hillfort, Maumbury Rings and the Roman Town House are all splendid examples of Dorchester’s unique heritage.
Family attractions locally include Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre near Wool with Bovington Tank Museum only a mile away. The village of Tolpuddle and the Martyrs Museum.
Bridport is an attractive market town with the coastal resort of West Bay - location of the TV drama, Broadchurch. Lyme Regis, famously depicted in the film version of John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion, is often regarded as the Pearl of Dorset. Boasting breathtaking scenery with cobbled and steep streets it offers an excellent range of traditional, craft and fossil shops, tea rooms and restaurants. Lyme Regis Museum and Dinosaurland house spectacular collections of local fossils.
Lawrence of Arabia's home is at Clouds Hill (NT). An exhibition that includes his motor bike can be seen nearby at Bovingtion Tank Museum. His grave is in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Moreton village. The magnificent clear glass windows engraved by Lawrence Whistler are well worth a visit.
The Cerne Giant, or the 'Rude Man of Cerne' is one of the largest hill figures in Britain. Carved in solid lines from the chalk bedrock measuring 180 feet high he carries a huge knobbled club 120 feet in length. The Cerne Giant had his modesty covered with a fig leaf when the Cerne Abbas Brewery's new ale pump was installed in Stranger's Bar at Westminster's House of Commons .
Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic coastline provides a stunning backdrop for walkers and cyclists exploring the South West coastal path including Durdle Door, a massive rock arch and an absolutely beautiful sloping beach ideal for bathing. Neighbouring along the coast path is Lulworth Cove - ideal for snorkeling and famous for its exciting unique rock strata - the famous Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole. The Fossil Forest and Range Walks east to Tyneham-the lost village of Dorset, Warbarrow Bay and Kimmeridge can be accessed from the beach
To the north lie the towns of Blandford Forum - possibly the best remaining original example of a Georgian market town in England and Shaftesbury where the famous Gold Hill offers panoramic views across the Blackmore Vale. Sherborne is sited on the River Yeo and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale boasting two Castles and a magnificent Abbey.
Plaza Cinema, Dorchester: Recently renovated with the latest equipment and 4 large screens showing the latest films. *Genuine bargain tickets at £2.50 Mon-Fri. £3.50 Sat & Sun. NO extra charges for 3D.