Dorchester is the County Town of Dorset. A market town with an undoubtedly long history, Dorchester has connections to Thomas Hardy, the Tolpuddle Martyrs and Roman Britain, and today features a wide range of visitor attractions, independent retailers and eateries.

11 things to do

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Dorset County Museum

Thomas Hardy's study plus a history of Dorset archeology, nature and the Jurassic Gallery - an exhibition of fossil finds from Englands first natural World Heritage site - the Jurassic Coast. Includes Hitler's desk from the Reichsministry!

Maiden Castle

the largest surviving hillfort in England. Dating from around 3000BC, the site is of great historical significance and is currently maintained by English Heritage

SEE   —  Winterborne Monkton

The Old Crown Court & Cells

Famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834. Open during the summer, take a tour around the courts and learn about the Martyr heritage.

Teddy Bear Museum

a children's favourite, as well as the '''Terracotta Army''' (replica) exhibition in the same building.

SEE   —  Map

Cerne Abbas Giant

A giant figure carved into the side of a hill by removing turf to expose white chalk.

Max Gate

The home of author and poet Thomas Hardy, who designed the house in 1885.


Three AA Rosettes restaurant. Small and intimate. £20-£30.

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

a recreation of the famous pharaoh's tomb and treasures.

SEE   —  Map

Dorchester Tourist Information Centre

Information about the Dorchester area and accommodation.

OTHER   —  Map

Hardy's Cottage

The cottage where Thomas Hardy was born.

Source: wikivoyage