Dorset's Jurassic coast is a near 100-mile stretch that was England's first natural World Heritage Site - make a beeline to Chesil Beach, Ringstead Bay, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door for the most impressive sights.
Somerset has recently opened its own stretch of Jurassic coast, allowing walkers to wander along craggy clifftops and past big beaches, with the chance of finding a fossil always there for eagle-eyed travellers.
Somerset's coast is wonderfully varied with beaches for bucket and spade family fun ...Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Minehead are among the best..., pretty harbours and seaside villages, and stunning coastline for long walks and picnics.
Dorset's most traditional seaside town is Bournemouth, where there are great beaches, an Oceanarium and piers. Many of the beaches have been awarded blue flag status for their cleanliness.
Some of England's prettiest villages can be found along the Dorset coast, with Lyme Regis, Abbotsbury, West Lulworth, Milton Abbas and Cranborne Chase among our favourites. The striking port of Lyme Regis is set on steep Georgian streets above Lyme Bay - you may recognise it as the setting for the novel and film, The French Lieutenant's Woman.
A visit to Somerset is a chance to visit two contrasting cities. Bristol is steeped in history, but with a very modern feel, while Bath is a stunningly pretty World Heritage site – its most famous attraction is the Roman Baths that sit on top of a natural hot spring.
If you have a hankering to Britain's most popular cheese, head to Cheddar Gorge at the northern edge of Somerset’s Mendip Hills, where visitors can discover the traditional cheese still being matured in the gorge's spectacular caves.