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Tutankhamun, literary links and unique museums

Visit Dorchester

A charming countryside town full of history and intrigue, Dorchester is a fusion of modern developments and ancient sites and ruins, as well as a variety of fantastic attractions such as The Dorset County Museum. The famous novelist and poet Thomas Hardy was a fan of the town, even basing his novel The Mayor of Casterbridge on Dorchester, and you’ll find references to the author as you stroll through the town.

Map showing the location of Dorchester, Dorset

Dorchester Cottages

Looking for somewhere to unwind after a busy day exploring, or a cosy bolthole for a romantic Dorset escape? We've got a wonderful selection of self-catering cottages sure to provide a memorable break.

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Things to do

We’ve put together a tempting list of things to do when on holiday in Dorset


Things to do in Dorset

Before heading off on your Dorset holiday, we’d really suggest planning your trip - because there is so much to do that you wouldn’t want to miss out on! We’ve put together our suggested things to do covering activities all over the county, including the stunning Jurassic Coast and its beaches, the wonderful attractions for families, the various wonderful walking routes, and more…

Interactive map of Dorset

Dorset is a beautiful county, featuring a mix of coastal and rural locations, found in the South West of England on the English Channel coast. Dorset shares its four borders with the counties of Devon which is to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. Use our map of Dorset above to discover the perfect location for your holiday in Dorset.

A lot on offer

Dorchester has plenty to offer, and walking around is a wonderful way to explore the town. The vibrant Brewery Square boasts an array of eateries and shops plus two cinemas, ideal for keeping the kids entertained on a rainy day. The Teddy Bear Museum, The Dinosaur Museum and The Tutankhamun Exhibition are equally great, or take a trip to the Town Pump and embark on one of the four walks that encompass some of Dorchester’s heritage.  

The countryside has its share of history, from Maiden Castle to the Maumbury Rings, while the town has a well-preserved Roman Villa which is close to the centre, giving an insight into how long Dorchester has been in existence. If you happen to stay during the August Bank Holiday you’ll see the colourful French Market which fills the town, offering visitors a taste of France.

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