Attractions and Places to Visit in Dorchester

Dorchester was an important town in Roman times (when it was called Durnovaria), then became a thriving Saxon mint during the 10th century, before becoming a Roundhead stronghold during the English Civil War. Much of the town was destroyed by fire in the 17th and 18th centuries and most of the buildings visible today date from Georgian times. Dorchester is lucky enough to have a large number of museums covering a wide range of topics – something for everyone. Various tours are available. Town Walking Tour – takes between 1 and 2 hours and includes ancient and Roman sites, Dorset celebrities and a visit to the Old Crown Court and Cells. Thomas Hardy Tours. Hardy Trail. Ghost tours.

Athelhampton House and Gardens in Dorchester

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton House and Gardens are an excellent day out in Dorset. Located Just 7 miles from Dorchester, on the A35 trunk road. Plenty of free parking for coaches and cars. Athelhampton, a private country...
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Max Gate in Dorchester

Max Gate

In 2018, we're marking 300 years since the birthday of the famous cabinet-maker Thomas Chippendale. His contribution to the collection at Nostell in West Yorkshire is outstanding and extensive.
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The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester

The Keep Military Museum

Today the Keep Military Museum is a striking landmark in the heart of Dorchester. Completed in 1879, it was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, and is built of Portland stone which gives it a white appearance.
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