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Poole is a wonderful, historic coastal town with arguably the largest natural harbour in the world. The old town has Georgian houses, haunted pubs, a museum, the medieval Scaplens Court and many fine restaurants. In the town centre is a large shopping area.


Bournemouth, one of the best seaside resorts in England, has a population of 187,500. Seven miles of glorious sandy beaches are surrounded by Victorian architecture and the wonderful two mile long gardens. There is a buzzing nightlife and great shopping.


Southbourne, a suburb of Bournemouth, with a population of 19,000 has wonderful beaches and the well-loved Hengistbury Head Visitor Centre, where there is a nature reserve and ancient monument. It has a vibrant town centre with a great community spirit.


Christchurch, nestled between Bournemouth and the New Forest, has a population of just under 46,000. It is famous for its Food Festival and popular market days. Historic places to visit include the Priory, castle ruins and Red House Museum.


Weymouth is a seaside town in Dorset, southern England. Its sandy beach is dotted with colorful beach huts and backed by Georgian houses. Jurassic Skyline, a revolving viewing tower, and Victorian Nothe Fort offer harbour views.


Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, England. It is situated between Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk route. An historic market town, Dorchester is on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth, 7 miles to the south.

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