Welcome to Dorset, a county in South West England and ever-popular tourist destination on the English Channel coast. It borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east and Hampshire to the east.
The county town, situated to the south, is Dorchester, with most Dorset residents found in and around this region. Much of the rest of the area is largely rural with a low population density. Plenty of space, then, to go for a nice walk either before or after enjoying an Afternoon Tea in Dorset. What fun!
People have inhabited Dorset since at least the Neolithic era. The Romans later conquered the local Celtic tribe and created several settlements in the area. During the early Middle Ages, the arrival of the Saxons brought about further development, making Dorset a shire in the 7th century.
Not long after, the first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles took place here. It was also from where the notorious Black Death entered England in 1348.
Several hundreds of years later, during the Second World War, Dorset played a significant role in the preparations for D-Day. Most notably, the large harbours of Portland and Poole were two of the primary embarkation points for Allied troops heading to Normandy.
Yet today most people know (and love) this county for its varied landscape and idyllic towns. From Bournemouth to Weymouth; Bridport to Lyme Regis, you’re bound to find a wonderful Afternoon Tea Dorset venue.