Dorchester

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With greater historical legacies than many far bigger cities, Dorset's county town is rich in sights and activities for the curious traveler.

Explore prehistoric ruins, ancient amphitheaters and literary locations in cultural Dorchester. Founded by the Romans in a land previously inhabited by Stone Age farmers, this town still displays the heritage of these two distinct groups. Walk through the town and surrounding area to see the lasting impact of Dorchester's colorful history.

Orient yourself by finding the centrally located obelisk, which was once the town pump. Learn about the region's past at the Dorset County Museum, which houses local archaeological findings, Tudor paintings and manuscripts from local writer Thomas Hardy. Many of the exhibits relate to Dorchester's most famous sights.

Travel farther back in time at the Tutankhamun Exhibition, featuring recreations of Egypt's most famous mummy. Discover different facets of history at the Keep Military Museum, the Dinosaur Museum and the Terracotta Warriors Museum.

Continue your journey into history outdoors, stopping at the Maumbury Rings. This ancient circle, a short walk from the town center, is made of three different layers dating from the Neolithic, Roman and English Civil War eras. Find out how Romans lived at the remains of a Roman Town House and relax in the green Borough Gardens which hosts many of the town's cultural events.

Outside the city limits, discover even more area stories. Marvel at the mysterious Cerne Abbas Giant, Britain's largest chalk drawing. Historians disagree on the origins and purpose of the famous naked figure. View the drawing from afar for the whole picture or stroll around it to see pleasant scenery and local wildlife.

South of town lies Maiden Castle, a hill fort about 5,000 years old. Examine the Roman temple and Neolithic defenses and admire spectacular views over the town. The ancient settlement is free to visit and open year-round.

Dorchester has two railway stations, both 5-minute walks from the town center. Trains from London regularly head to Dorchester South. Arrange to visit in spring or summer to thoroughly appreciate the outdoor attractions that make the town such a fascinating destination.

The Frampton Arms
The Frampton Arms
3.5 out of 5
The price is £70 per night from 2 Jan to 2 Jan
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Sculpture by the Lakes and within 6 miles (10 km) of Clouds Hill and The Tank Museum. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (154 reviews)
"Super friendly and helpful staff, very nice room with a higher standard than we expected 😀"

Reviewed on 5 Nov 2021

The Frampton Arms
The King's Arms
The King's Arms
3.5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £105 per night from 20 Dec to 20 Dec
Situated in Dorchester, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Dinosaur Museum. Tutankhamun: The Exhibition ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"Right in town"

Reviewed on 4 Nov 2021

The King's Arms
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
5 out of 5
The price is £315 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within 9 miles (15 km) of Mapperton ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (76 reviews)
"Really nice place to stay we really enjoyed our selfs. Everything is expensive but these types of hotels are a treat for us and I found it worth the extra !, By far one of out good 3 hotels to stay at."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Yoah Cottage, Dorchester, ENG
This family-friendly Dorchester cottage is located in a rural location, 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Max Gate, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Osmington Bay Beach and Ringstead ...
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Beautiful cottage
"Yoah Cottage is absolutely beautiful and we wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Spacious, yet cosy and comfortable, spotlessly clean, with hotel-style cosy beds and soft towels. The owner was really helpful, quick to respond to messages, and the dinners and breakfast at the pub next door were excellent ..."

Reviewed on 12 Nov 2021

Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Angel Cottage, Dorchester, ENG
Situated near the beach, this romantic cottage is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Max Gate and within 6 miles (10 km) of Terracotta Warriors Museum and Dorset Teddy Bear ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (86 reviews)
Great location, lovely cottage.
"Lovely comfortable cottage, ideal location for exploring Weymouth and Dorchester. Everything that was needed was there, plenty of plates and glasses. Dorchester in easy reach for food / supermarkets and restaurants and I think a number of places deliver to the village too. Enclosed garden great for ..."

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2021

Delightful thatched cottage in beautiful sleepy Dorset village and countryside
Peaceful modern house within a Dorset equestrian estate
Peaceful modern house within a Dorset equestrian estate
Blacksmith, West Down Road, Dorchester, ENG
This family-friendly Dorchester holiday home is located in a rural location, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Max Gate, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fantasy Island Fun Park ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (29 reviews)
Excellent stay and dog friendly too
"Such a lovely clean and relaxing place to stay , I can’t describe how peaceful it is 😊😊 , kitchen is fully equipped with everything you need on a holiday . We sat outside in the garden with our dogs just looking at the wild life and chilling , occasionally we saw the horses from the stables going ..."

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2021

Peaceful modern house within a Dorset equestrian estate
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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