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Pocket Guide: Dorchester

Dorchester is an historic market town located about an hour from the A303 and within an hour and a half of Exeter. Birthplace of the world-famous author, Thomas Hardy, its picturesque streets and the surrounding countryside have inspired painters and poets throughout the centuries. With excellent attractions, superb dining and eclectic shopping to be found, the town has more than enough to satisfy visitors at any point in the calendar. There's plenty of accommodation, with Christchurch hotels ranging from well-appointed B&Bs and quiet country inns, to contemporary buildings and sprawling lodges.

A Town with Heritage: Hotels in Dorchester

The Romans were the first to found Dorchester, although the area had been peopled with Stone Age farmers for thousands of years prior to their arrival. Evidence of pre-Roman Dorchester can be found in attractions such as the mysterious Maumbury Rings. As Dorchester blossomed into a market town, it shifted its industrial attentions from the world of wool to brewing; something that it is still well known for. Much of the accommodation in Dorchester reflects its heritage; the Fox Inn in Ansty is over 250 years old and offers character in spades.

Family Days Out and Family-Friendly Hotels

There's plenty for families to see and do, making Dorchester an ideal destination for those travelling with children. The Dinosaur Museum offers an interactive and exciting look at the area's past and, with the beaches of Lyme Regis and Charmouth a short drive away, there's ample opportunity for budding collectors to find their own fossils! Alternatively, The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is a great attraction for those with younger children. You'll find plenty of family friendly-hotels in Dorset, such as the Westwood Guest House and the George Albert Hotel.

Romantic Dorchester

Having served as Hardy's Casterbridge, Dorset is practically marinated in romance, making it ideal for those looking to tie the knot. There are a number of hotels, such as the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, that are licensed wedding venues and offer the perfect backdrop to your Big Day. In addition, having your guests staying on-site means that the celebrations needn't be cut short by those who need to get home before the night is done.

Dorchester is a sublime town to visit, whatever the weather and whatever your purpose. With plenty of Dorchester hotels to suit virtually any budget, it's the perfect way to make the most of your time there.