A warm welcome awaits you in the historic county town of Dorchester where you can enjoy fascinating history, exciting attractions and great shopping.
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Dorchester boasts elegant 18th century houses, broad walks and cultural tradition, and is still very much the 'Casterbridge' of Thomas Hardy's novels.
Dorchester is steeped in history. Discover the 4000-year-old hill-fort of Maiden Castle and visit the Roman Town House. Revisit Judge Jeffreys' 'Bloody Assize' and the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs at the Old Crown Court & Cells.
The Dorset County Museum houses a wealth of information about the area, including a gallery dedicated to the Jurassic Coast, a collection of Thomas Hardy memorabilia and a reconstruction of the author's study at Max Gate, his Dorchester home.
Uncover world history at the Tutankhamun and Terracotta Warriors museums, or discover the region's military past at the Keep Military Museum. Visit the Teddy Bear House and Dinosaur Museum for a family day out.
Wednesday brings with it the lively atmosphere of market day in town. Take a trip to Prince Charles' internationally renowned Poundbury on the first Saturday of the month and enjoy the Farmers' Market.
Pick up a copy of our Dorchester leaflet from the Tourist Information Centre to help you make the most of your visit. For further information about things to do in the area, please visit our attractions page. If you're driving to Dorchester, check our Parking in Dorchester page for information or download a map of Dorchester.