Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

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Old milestone in Blandford Forum showing use of the name Shaston for Shaftesbury
The ruins of Shaftesbury Abbey
St Peter's Church and Shaftesbury Town Hall
Looking south from the town towards Melbury Hill, from Park Walk
Businesses on High Street
Shaftesbury Snowdrops
Steep, cobbled Gold Hill, with a buttressed wall to the right, a scheduled monument on the edge of Shaftesbury Abbey precinct

Shaftesbury is a town and civil parish in Dorset, England.

Lyme Regis

Blue Lias cliffs at Lyme Regis
Landslip, east of Lyme Regis
St Michael's Church
The Cobb, with boats grounded in the harbour at low tide
View from the Cobb
Interior of the mill
Coade stone ammonites
The samba band Street Heat, in the twilight parade marking the end of the 2006 'Lyme Regis Carnival'
Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis
Ammonite-design streetlamps reflect the town's location on the Jurassic Coast

Lyme Regis is a town in west Dorset, England, 25 mi west of Dorchester and east of Exeter.

Dorset (district)

County Hall, Dorchester

Dorset is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England, which came into existence on 1 April 2019.

Portland Harbour

Southern and eastern entrances of Portland Harbour looking northeast from the Isle of Portland across Balaclava Bay. The dark colour of the water between the two breakwaters in the foreground indicates the position of the scuttled battleship.
The western side of the Harbour with Chesil Beach, Lyme Bay and the Fleet Lagoon in the background.
Dockyard Offices (left), built (as the Engineer's Office) by John Coode in 1848, extended to the west in 1910. The extension to the right of the clock tower was added for FOST in 1988.
Coaling shed (1856-60) on the inner breakwater. Coal was stored on the first floor and then deployed in railway wagons to waiting vessels moored along the length of the breakwater.

Portland Harbour is located beside the Isle of Portland, Dorset, on the south coast of England.

Poole Harbour

The Poole Logboat was excavated from Poole Harbour and is over 2,000 years old. It is on display in Poole Museum.
Map of Poole Harbour
View across the harbour looking west from Lilliput, Poole
Green Island, one of the islands within Poole Harbour
A quiet corner of the harbour, looking south from Brownsea Island
Condor Ferries car ferry passes through the harbour
B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat of the RNLI, stationed in Poole Harbour
Looking south-west from Brownsea Island – Furzey Island is centre, with Green Island directly behind, to the left. Round Island can also be seen to the right of the picture with the Arne Peninsula behind it.
A wakeboarder riding down the Wareham channel

Poole Harbour is a large natural harbour in Dorset, southern England, with the town of Poole on its shores.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Districts of Dorset prior to the creation of BCP
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of Dorset, England.


For the ship anchorage, see The Downs (ship anchorage).

Culver Down, Isle of Wight
Galium verum (L.) Lady's Bedstraw, a typical English chalk downland plant

To the southwest, downlands continue via Cranborne Chase into Dorset as the Dorset Downs and southwards through Hampshire as the Hampshire Downs onto the Isle of Wight.

Jurassic Coast

World Heritage Site on the English Channel coast of southern England.

Gad Cliff to St Alban's Head
Lyme Bay
Coastal rock on the Jurassic Coast
Durdle Door
The Jurassic limestones on the Isle of Portland have been extensively quarried.
The Jurassic Coast west of St Aldhelm's Head

It stretches from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset, a distance of about 96 mi, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in mid-December 2001.

Isle of Portland

Tied island, 6 km long by 2.7 km wide, in the English Channel.

The Isle of Portland viewed from Portland Harbour.
Portland Castle was built to defend Portland in the 16th century.
A map of the Isle of Portland from 1937, showing the railway to Easton
Portland Harbour was home to the Royal Navy. Their former barracks are in the foreground.
Weymouth and Portland shown in Dorset
Terraced Portland Stone houses in Fortuneswell, Underhill
Isle of Portland from the air
Isle of Portland from Chesil Beach
The Isle of Portland lies on Upper Oolite limestone.
Portland Bill Lighthouse and visitors' centre
Portland's cliffs and quarries have extensive specialised flora and fauna.
Climatic ergograph for the nearby Wyke Regis weather station
The A354 links Portland to the main road network and other transport services in Weymouth.
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Accidents in Portland's quarries led to a fear of the word rabbit.

The southern tip, Portland Bill lies 8 km south of the resort of Weymouth, forming the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England.

Weymouth, Dorset

The ruins of the 16th-century Sandsfoot Castle
George III bathing at Weymouth by John Colley Nixon, 1789
The White Horse at Osmington shows<Br>King George III on a horse
US soldiers marched through Weymouth to board landing ships for the 1944 invasion of France.
Weymouth Guildhall
Weymouth's esplanade displays Georgian architecture and Queen Victoria's Jubilee Clock.
Climatic ergograph for Weymouth. Sea temperatures (light blue line) remain mild in winter and warm slowly in spring, helping to produce a seasonal lag of 1–2 months.
Brewers Quay museum and shopping centre on the harbourside
Nothe Fort is one of the museums in the town.
St John's Church, Weymouth is a Victorian era Grade II* listed building.
The Weymouth Harbour Tramway or Quay Branch
Weymouth College of further education in Melcombe Regis
The beach volleyball classic is held on Weymouth beach every July.
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Locations in Wessex, from The Wessex of Thomas Hardy by Bertram Windle, 1902, based on correspondence with Hardy.

Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, on the English Channel coast of England.