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What historical landmarks can be seen from the skies of Dorset?

Dorset is a county located in the southwest of the United Kingdom and is home to towns such as Bournemouth, Dorchester and Poole. As well as these populous communities, the area boasts stunning scenery with spectacular countryside views, including an 80-mile long coastline that has earned World Heritage Coast status. The county is steeped in history and has an array of ancient landmarks that attract people to the area. Hot air balloon rides have become very popular in Dorset, as people flock to the county to get a glimpse of these historical landmarks and picturesque views from a different perspective. However, you may be wondering what particular sights can be seen from a typical hot air balloon flight?

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne is home to a glorious historical landmark in Sherborne Abbey. It has roots that go all the way back to the eighth century, when it was used as a Saxon Cathedral between the years of 705 and 1075. It also doubled up as a Benedictine Abbey from 998 until 1539.

Christchurch Castle

The earliest stonework of Christchurch Castle has been dated back to 1160, so it is known as a Norman structure. The remains of this landmark are preserved by English Heritage and it is a popular place for people to visit. Those who manage to fly over this site during their hot air balloon ride are very lucky indeed.


This historical town boats many landmarks that give it this status, with Shaftesbury also having its own Abbey, which was constructed in 888. The Town Hall was built in 1827 by Earl Grosvenor and has been given grade II status by English Heritage, while it is also located next door to the 15th-century St. Peter's Church. A flight over Shaftesbury will have you spotting these landmarks and more.

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