Dorset is rich in heritage: check out our map of castles and plan your visit to the past.

Visit Monkey World in Wareham. Its an internationally recognised charity which rescues primates. Your visit supports the charity in its work and is a great day out for the whole family.

What’s on? Where to go? Forget the Daily Echo ... and check out DorsetMap’s Big Ticket Events listings. Constantly updated so you can get more out of your visit.

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Origins of the name Dorset (the county): Dornsætum late 9th cent. ‘(Territory of) the people around Dorn’. Reduced form of ‘Dornwaraceaster’

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