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  • Location: Abbotsbury is off the A35 halfway between Weymouth and Bridport, on the B3157 coastal road. Nearest railway station is Weymouth, buses link to Abbotsbury.
  • Opening hours: Open most of the year. Follow the link for times, admission charges etc
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  • Cerne Giant

    Large human figure cut into the chalk hill above the village of Cerne Abbas.

  • Corfe Castle

    One of Britain's most majestic ruins. Extensive castle remains in a strategic position in the Purbeck Hills.

  • Eggardon Hillfort

    Eggardon Hillfort credit_Heather-Snow Iron Age hillfort at the western end of the chalk ridge, overlooking the Marshwood Vale. The hollows in the interior are probably the remains of Iron Age grain storage pits. ...

  • Forde Abbey

    Former Cistercian Abbey founded 800 years ago, now a family run estate. Magnificent building and gardens.

  • Hambledon Hill

    View-from-Hambledon-Hill_credit G&S Snelgrove Spectacular Iron Age hillfort overlooking the Blackmore Vale. The locations of Iron Age huts can be seen in the interior, and there is an earlier Neolithic long barrow inside the fort too. ...

  • Hardy Monument and Black Down

    Hardys-monument-view_Simons Monument erected 1844 in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Flag-Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. ...

  • Hod Hill

    Iron Age hillfort containing smaller Roman fort in one corner, built at the time of the Roman conquest. ...

  • Kingston Russell Stones

    Remains of a Bronze Age stone circle, built about 4,000 years ago.

  • Lulworth Castle

    Early 17th Century hunting lodge set in parkland.

  • Maiden Castle

    The most massive Iron Age hillfort in Europe with high and complex ramparts.

  • Nine stones

    Prehistoric stone circle, constructed about 4,000 years ago. The circle is made up of nine stones of varying sizes and is now surrounded by trees.

  • Osmington White Horse

    Chalk hill figure of horse and rider created in 1808. The rider represents King George III, a regular visitor to Weymouth.

  • Pilsdon Pen

    View from Pilsdon pen credit Nathalie-Roberts Iron Age Hillfort with amazing views over the Marshwood Vale to the south and the Axe Valley to the north. On a clear day, look out for the Quantock Hills and Dartmoor too!

  • Poor Lot Barrows

    Part of an extensive 4,000-year-old Bronze Age cemetery.

  • St Catherine’s Chapel

    14th Century chapel on the hill south of Abbotsbury village. The chapel was used as a lighthouse and has a small turret.

The Jurassic Coast was the first natural World Heritage Site to be designated in the UK, and stretches from Exmouth in the East Devon AONB through to Poole Harbour.

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