Holiday hot-spot Dorset offers a checklist of charms. Its shoreline is one of Britain’s best, boasting the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site flecked with sea-carved bays, crumbly cliffs and beaches loaded with fossilised souvenirs. No wonder the swimming, kayaking and hiking here is truly memorable. Inland Thomas Hardy's lyrical landscape serves up vast Iron Age hill forts, rude chalk figures, fairytale castles and must-see stately homes. Then there are resorts packed with party animals, golden beaches beloved by multi-millionaires, and Olympic-class sailing waters. Really, Dorset is worth adding to your list.