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Dorset /ˈdɔːrsᵻt/ (or archaically, Dorsetshire) is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the non-metropolitan county, which is governed by Dorset County Council, and the unitary authority areas of Poole and Bournemouth. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county's border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density. The county has a long history of human settlement stretching back to the Neolithic era. The Romans conquered Dorset's indigenous Celtic tribe, and during the early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area and made Dorset a shire in the 7th century. The first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset during the eighth century, and the Black Death entered England at Melcombe Regis in 1348. Dorset has seen much civil unrest: during the English Civil War an uprising of vigilantes was crushed by Oliver Cromwell's forces in a pitched battle near Shaftesbury; the doomed Monmouth Rebellion began at Lyme Regis; and a group of farm labourers from Tolpuddle were instrumental in the formation of the trade union movement. During the Second World War, Dorset was heavily involved in the preparations for the invasion of Normandy, and the large harbours of Portland and Poole were two of the main embarkation points. The former was the sailing venue in the 2012 Summer Olympics, and both have clubs or hire venues for sailing, Cornish pilot gig rowing, sea kayaking and powerboating. Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low-lying clay valleys. Over half the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Three-quarters of its coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site due to its geological and palaeontologic significance. It features notable landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door. Agriculture was traditionally the major industry of Dorset but is now in decline and tourism has become increasingly important to the economy. There are no motorways in Dorset but a network of A roads cross the county and two railway main lines connect to London. Dorset has ports at Poole, Weymouth and Portland, and an international airport. The county has a variety of museums, theatres and festivals, and is host to one of Europe's largest outdoor shows. It is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the principal setting of his novels, and William Barnes, whose poetry celebrates the ancient Dorset dialect.

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Find the best activities, restaurants and things to do in Dorset, United Kingdom. Explore Dorset travel guide before you plan your trip here. Dorset is located at a short trip away from Bath a major city in United Kingdom. Add Bath to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, The Circus And The Royal Crescent. Also, to reach Dorset, you'll have to take a flight to Bath; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Dorset are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Dorset*

  • Pollution Statistics in Dorset

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    • Unattended dirt and garbage 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
  • Dorset: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Dorset for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Dorset.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Dorset - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 96.88 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 3.45 (Very Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.8 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 15 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.05 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Dorset

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Dorset

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.07 USD
    • International Movie per seat 6.7 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.26 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 80.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 111.65 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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