Dorset is a quintessentially English county of rolling hills and stunning coastline. Dorset’s list of charms is endless with first and foremost the Jurassic Coast that was awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO in 2001 for its geological significance. Furthermore, Dorset is home to some excellent sandy beaches, cosmopolitan towns and charming villages such as Abbotsbury with its unique 600 year old Swannery and Benedictine abbey. For sportsmen, Dorset offers an abundance of water sports including fishing, wind surfing, canoeing, and sailing; in fact, the waters near Weymouth and Portland are considered to be the best in Europe for sailing! Home to Thomas Hardy, the famous English poet and novelist, Dorset has also provided inspiration to writers such as Jane Austen and T. E. Lawrence. With such a distinct variety of attractions, Dorset definitely deserves a spot on your UK holiday check list!