Cerne Abbas – Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Discover Cerne Abbas, Dorset’s hidden treasure

Venture deep within the valley of the River Cerne and you will discover one of England’s true rural treasures. With a population just shy of 800, few people realise that Cerne Abbas was recently voted Britain’s “Most Desirable Village” by a British estate agent.

Here’s a look at how to make Britain’s most desirable village your next holiday destination, with a guide to the best things to do on a Cerne Abbas getaway.


For such a small village, there’s still plenty of choice for holiday stays in Cerne Abbas. In the centre of town, choices range from Bed and Breakfasts at Abbots to pub-style accommodation at the Coach Inn, a historic building which became a coaching inn during the mid sixteenth century.

If holiday cottages are more to your liking, the Honeysuckle cottage is a two-bedroom cottage with a garden on the edge of the village. Remember that Dorset can get very cold in the winter months, so be sure to opt for accommodation with a crackling fire and excellent insulation, like that of Safestyle double glazed windows.

Getting to Cerne Abbas

While it might seem a world away from the hustle and bustle of London, the beautiful village of Cerne Abbas is located just 10km from the A352, and is an easy drive to Dorset.

Getting to Dorset couldn’t be easier. There are excellent connections via international airports, ferry ports, national and local railway services and an easy to navigate road system.

Things to do

Cerne Abbas boasts plenty of tourist attractions to keep you entertained, with a scenic river and beautiful stone houses lining quintessentially English cobbled streets. The Abbey is certainly worth a visit, as the church of St Mary stretches back as far as the 13th century.

But the best tourist attraction in Cerne Abbas, without a doubt, is the Cerne Abbas Giant. This is a 55 metres-long naked figure carved into the chalk hillside, so it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular.

The giant, owned by the National Trust, is thought by many to be an Iron Age fertility symbol. There’s great debate about how it came to be there, with many scholars arguing that the monks of Cerne Abbey would never have tolerated such a figure. With Iron Age settlement recently discovered on the nearby downs, it’s a natural history marvel that’s still open to debate!

Places to eat

Nothing says country holiday quite like a delicious pub meal. And in Cerne Abbas you’re spoilt for choice, with a range of affordable gastro-pub dining options. Some of the highlights include The New Inn, which boasts an outstanding menu with an abundance of fresh, locally sourced food.

Check out the Giant Inn, which has a stone fireplace dating back to the 16th century. If you pay it a visit, be sure to join in at the skittle alley with the locals. Alternatively, the Royal Oak is a heritage-packed venue with close to 500 years of history, not to mention plenty of character, quality service, and delicious food.