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DorchesterUnited Kingdom

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.

Top Hotels in Dorchester

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Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
3 out of 5
32 High West Street, Dorchester, England
The price is $89 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in the heart of Dorchester, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from The Keep Military Museum and Tutankhamun: The Exhibition. Roman Town House and Borough ...

4.2/5Excellent! (280 reviews)

"The room and the bathroom were very clean. The breakfast was amazing, the eating area very clean and there was appropriate social distancing. The staff were really accomodating. I would definitely recommend it."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
The Manor House Moreton
The Manor House Moreton
3.5 out of 5
Manor House Moreton, Station Road, Dorchester, England

Situated in Dorchester, this guesthouse is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Clouds Hill and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from The Tank Museum. Sculpture by the Lakes is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) ...

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)

"Lovely property and good communication in advance of my stay."…"

Reviewed on Dec 6, 2019

The Manor House Moreton
The Greyhound Inn
The Greyhound Inn
3.5 out of 5
26 High St, Sydling St Nicholas, Dorchester, England
The price is $109 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 29

Situated in Dorchester, this inn is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Cerne Abbas Giant and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Badger Watch ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)

"A beautiful place. Friendly staff, who paid great attention to Covid safety requirements, good food"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

The Greyhound Inn

Popular places to visit in Dorchester

Tutankhamun: The Exhibition
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Tutankhamun: The Exhibition

Travel back in time to ancient Egypt and discover the secrets of the pharaohs in Dorchester's celebrated mummy museum.

Cerne Abbas Giant
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Cerne Abbas Giant

Towering over the countryside and shrouded in mystery, Britain's largest chalk drawing is a curious and compelling destination.

Maiden Castle
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Maiden Castle

Enjoy spectacular views and discover fascinating history at one of  England's largest Iron Age hill forts, home to temples, battlements and ancient burial sites.

Top things to do in Dorchester

Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Boat Tour Options
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Bournemouth Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour + Boat Tour Options

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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course
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In-Home Private Chef Experience - 5 Course

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SEA LIFE Weymouth
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SEA LIFE Weymouth

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Feb 11, 2020

Very pleasant stay

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