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The best places to live in Dorset

Picture postcard villages and towns in the lush rolling hills (over half the county is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and on the iconic Jurassic coast, with a thriving cultural scene and a plethora of local food and drink producers (prepare to let out your waistband).

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Lyme Regis

Georgian streets, independent shops and eateries, an ancient harbour (and even more ancient fossils) on offer at this pretty seaside town on the Jurassic Coast.

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Sandbanks

Soft white sands, sparkling clean waters, seafood restaurants, water sports, sailing .

Beaminster

Laid back, pretty town with an arty feel and an an attractive conservation area around the market square.

best places to live Bridport Dorset

Bridport

Sometimes known as London-by-the-sea, the town has a vibrant community, rich cultural scene, indie shopping and eateries.

best places to live Blandford Forum, Dorset

Blandford Forum

Reputedly the most complete Georgian town in England, Blandford Forum lies on the banks of the river Stour in North Dorset and close to the glorious Cranborne Chase.

best places to live Dorchester Poundbury, Dorset

Dorchester

The historic county town of Dorset, Dorchester is great for families with very good schools, close proximity to the Jurassic coast as well glorious countryside.

best places to live Shaftesbury Dorset

Shaftesbury

Sleepy hilltop town nestled within the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, with indie shops, cafes and restaurants and one of the UK's most iconic views at Gold Hill.

best places to live Sherborne Dorset

Sherborne

Picture postcard market town in north west Dorset with gorgeous medieval and Georgian properties, good schools, a magnificent abbey and not one but two castles.

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  • - Entrants must be UK residents aged 18 or over

  • - The prize draw closes on 09/02/21

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