What is the most popular photograph of Dorset? A better question is “What are the most popular locations in Dorset” – this is research like I have never done before!


Put into Google the question “what is the most popular photograph of Dorset?”

I did. And it’s not that simple. I didn’t get the definitive answer to my question. Which is a shame. I thought I might be able to find the fast track to working out which were the most popular pictures of Dorset, and then put it/ them on my Dorset Photographer page.

But there are no such silver bullets. Unfortunately.

No. No replacement for good old fashioned hard work.

I tried something else.

“What is the most popular location in Dorset?”

Top answer on Google was the Trip Adviser page, “Things to do in Dorset” 

From which I got this Top 10 Things to Do in Dorset;

  • The Tank Museum (Bovington)
  • Weymouth Beach
  • Bournemouth Beach
  • Monkey World
  • Hengistbury Head
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
  • Swanage Railway
  • Dorset Heavy Horse Farm
  • Brownsea Island
  • Sculpture by Lakes (Dorchester)

I kept on going with the next 10

  • Sherborne Abbey
  • Weymouth Harbour
  • Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum (Bournemouth)
  • Lower Gardens (Bournemouth)
  • Old Harry Rocks (Swanage)
  • Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park (Poole)
  • Nothe Fort (Weymouth)
  • Poole Harbour
  • Corfe Castle
  • Sandbanks

Ok that is the top 20 things to do in Dorset as per Trip Adviser, and not looking good for the images I have.

So, what do I have pictures of on this page of my website?

  • Bournemouth Beach
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
  • Swanage Railway
  • Brownsea Island
  • Poole Harbour
  • Corfe Castle
  • Sandbanks

7 out of 20. Could do better…..

Well if I add these 7 locations to the images I wrote about yesterday that I am happy to have on my Dorset Photographer page then a picture (no pun intended honest) is emerging.

  • Kimmeridge Bay at sunrise
  • West bay beach at sunset
  • Dorset Red Post sign
  • Durdle Door
  • Cove Fish
  • Bats Head

I think I might have found the answer to my dilemma of which images to show on my Dorset Photographer web page.

And the answer was research.

And thinking a bit more about this I could go and photograph all these locations, and create a new web page called

Top 20 locations in Dorset, or something like that.

Trip Adviser is not a bad place to research what is and is not popular in a place. I have never thought of doing this before, and now that I have it makes perfect sense.

OK this is beginning to work out nicely, and is also giving me a plan for other location specific website pages.

Rick McEvoy Photography

Dorset Photographer

Friday 7th April 2017