Cerne Giant

Cerne Abbas giant from the air

Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas

Cerne Giant

History

Archaeologists taking samples from the giant.

National Trust archaeologists surprised by likely age of Cerne Abbas Giant

After 12 months of scientific analysis, the National Trust can for the first time reveal the likely age of the Cerne Giant, Britain’s largest and perhaps best-known chalk hill figure.

Cerne Giant

Our work

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Things to see and do

Looking down on the naked chalk figure of the Cerne Giant on the grassy hill

Take in the best view of the Giant

From different viewpoints, in different lights, the Giant can look starkly white or at times be just a faint outline. The best viewing spot for the Giant is from the Giant’s View car park, or there is also a short walk up to the Giant’s feet.

A wooden signpost pointing walkers towards Giants Hill

Walk up the Giant's Hill

Alternatively you can enjoy a walk up Giant’s Hill and around the perimeter fence which protects the Giant.

Marsh Fritillary butterfly

Spot wildflowers and butterflies

The chalk grassland where the Giant lies is of national and European importance for the many rare chalk downland plants and invertebrates that thrive here. Try and spot a marsh fritillary butterfly in May, and look out for wildflowers in summer.

Dorset's hillforts, a visitor's guide

Discover more about Dorset's ancient hillforts with this updated guide which introduces you to the Iron Age hillforts of Dorset. It is easy to understand why our ancestors chose these places in which to live and to defend themselves.

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Places to stay

Reception room of Portland House

National Trust places to stay in West Dorset 

West Dorset is an ideal holiday location. Our places to stay are located by the coast in gorgeous countryside that's featured in the hit TV programme Broadchurch and the Far from the Madding Crowd film starring Carey Mulligan.