Information about the county of Dorset with Dorchester Swanage and
The county of Dorset is well known as the birthplace of the famous
novelist Thomas Hardy. His novels are all based in the landscapes of
Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire which he referred to as Wessex. The most
well-known tales are 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. 'Jude the Obscure',
'The Mayor of Casterbridge' and 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles' all written
at the end of the 19th century. Dorset is also famous for its Portland
Stone, from which much of London was built.
Dorchester is the attractive County town of Dorset and its history goes
prehistoric and Roman times. Maiden Castle, on the outskirts of the
town, is the first pre-historic hill fort in England. It has many
interesting museums and an historic market every Wednesday. It was this
market that Hardy refers to in the Mayor of Casterbridge. The County
Museum has a lot of interesting artefacts and information regarding
their famous son, Thomas Hardy. Other fascinating museums are the
wonderful recreation of ancient Egypt at the Tutankhamun Exhibition.
which both children and adults will find enthralling. Children will also
enjoy the Dinosaur Museum and the Teddy Bear House Exhibition.
the coast of Dorset is the pretty towns of Swanage and Lyme Regis. The
whole area is renowned for the fossils that can still be found on its
beaches, especially on the foreshore. Lyme Regis is part of the Jurassic
Heritage Coastline. Whether you are interested in fossils or not, the
town is a lovely place to visit, with its steep narrow streets that run
down to the sea, its Georgian architecture, pretty sea front gardens and
its ancient artificial harbour, the Cobb, built from Portland stone. It
is not surprising that it was the setting for John Fowles famous novel
'The French Lieutenant's Woman' as well as some of the works of Jane
Not far from Lyme Regis is the wonderful coastline and extremely
beautiful sandy beach of Lulworth Cove, perfect for children and adults
alike. Take a boat trip from Lulworth along the coast to Gad Cliff .
Visit too, the pretty Lulworth Castle. Just along the coastal path from
Lulworth coast is Durdle Door, a incredible rock arch carved from the
movement of the sea and a world famous geological wonder.