Natural beauty

Over half of Dorset is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

So the chances are, you’ll either be living in an officially designated area of natural beauty, or you’ll be very close by to one.

Beaches and harbours

Dorset has nearly 100 miles of coastline with award-winning, golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Christchurch, Swanage and Weymouth.

Meanwhile, the harbours of Poole, Portland and Christchurch offer a great variety of water sports, from kite surfing to paddle boarding.

And if you’re looking to get your heart racing, you could always try high speed RIB rides, rock climbing, coasteering, or even the zip wire that runs off the end of Bournemouth Pier!

Modern cities and historic market towns

A place to call home.

Bournemouth is the most vibrant city in the county, with a nightlife that’s second to none and a popular destination for hen and stag parties. The city is equally popular with day-trippers, drawn to its family atmosphere and traditional seaside setting.

Meanwhile the historic market towns of Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis are bursting with places to eat, drink and shop, combining historic architecture with contemporary art and culture, as well as that unique blend of special Dorset charm.


Attractive, lively market town


Modern, vibrant city


County town of Dorset


Historical harbour town

Lyme Regis

Famous for fossils


Large, coastal town

Long-living residents

If we’re happy, it usually means we live longer.

Dorset tops the tables for the highest life expectancy in Britain.

According to the Office for National Statistics, if you live in Dorset you can expect to live for almost four years longer than the national average.

This is helped in no small part by the wide range of leisure and outdoor pursuits available across the region. The New Forest National Park is just a short journey across the border into Hampshire, offering an ideal environment for cycling, horse riding and Nordic walking.