Notable villages include:


The lovely village of Abbotsbury marks the centre of an area that has been settled for more than 6000 years. You’ll find a swannery and subtropical gardens.



A small village nine miles east of Dorchester. It has a 13th century church and lovely thatched cottages. It’s also well know for its snowdrops.


Beaminster dates back to around the 7th century, when it was known as Bebingmynster, meaning the church of Bebbe.

Cerne Abbas

The historic village of Cerne Abbas sits in the valley of the River Cerne, in the steep chalk downland of central Dorset. It’s famous for the Cerne Abbas Giant, one of the largest hillside figures in Britain.

14th century buildings at Cerne Abbas


Famous for fossils and the Heritage Centre is home to Attenborough’s Sea Dragon.

Compton Vallance

Small village west of Dorchester, well known for its snowdrops.

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle is a village, civil parish and ruined castle with views across the Isle of Purbeck.

Corfe Castle


Home to The Manor House – part of the Cranborne Estate. The surrounding gardens are open to the public from 1 March to mid October.


Evershot is a pretty village between Beaminster and Cerne Abbas on the River Frome. It’s one of the highest villages in the county at 700 feet above sea level.


In this coastal village you’ll find the very interesting Etches Museum


Lulworth Cove is one of the finest examples of a natural cove in the world.

Milton Abbas

The pretty village of Milton Abbas sits on the Milton Abbey estate. It has 36 thatched cottages each made from cob and almost identical.


Moreton village near Dorchester is famous for its association with Lawrence of Arabia. Find out more about notable people associated with Dorset.


Piddlehinton is full of pretty thatched cottages. It derives its name from the River Piddle which runs through it.



Puddletown is a small village near Dorchester. It used to be called Piddletown after the River Piddle but legend has it that Queen Victoria insisted the name was changed before a state visit.

Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is situated in the beautiful Blackmore Vale, between Sherborne and Blandford Forum.


Tolpuddle is a village in the Piddle Valley made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs.


225 residents of Tyneham were displaced during the second world war, so that the War Office could use the land around the village as a firing range. It’s still uninhabited.


Wool has a 17th century gabled Woolbridge Manor House.


Yetminster village, on the River Wriggle is built almost entirely of honey coloured limestone. Many of the houses date back to the 17th century.