Things to see and do - Dorchester
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In the 1C AD, the Romans built the settlement of Durnovaria on the great London-Exeter route. Today, Dorchester has fine 17C houses, with many façades modified in the 19C, thus making for a varied appearance. This spirit of diversity is also in evidence on the modern and controversial Poundbury estate, which continues to grow on the town's outskirts.
Tourist attractions Dorchester : Things to see and do
South Street GB - Dorchester DT11
South Street, Dorchester's main shopping street, starts with an impressive row of 18C red brick façades. No 10, where the Mayor of Casterbridge lived in the novel of the same name, now a bank, is a distinguished, three-storey, late 18C house.
High West Street GB - Dorchester
Eric Kennington's 1931 Thomas Hardy Memorial represents the author as an old man, hat on knee, seated on a flowering tree stump. The author (1840-1928), born near Dorchester, situated many of his novels in Wessex, an ancient Saxon kingdom which cover..
High West Street GB - Dorchester
A splendid Victorian gallery, with painted cast-iron pillars and arches supporting a glass roof, houses Thomas Hardy memorabilia. The author was born near Dorchester and the stories in his novels take place in the region. The furniture, paintings a..
5 Pope Street, Dorchester GB - Dorchester DT1 1GA
Prix Prices from : 52 £
Situated in the Brewery Square development, in the heart of the historic market town of Dorchester, this family-friendly Premier Inn Dorchester offers a bar and restaurant. It is 5 minutes’ walk from Dorchester South Railway Station. The air-conditi..
50 Main Street GB - Broadmayne DT2 8ES
Prix Prices from : 60 £
Set in a 19th-century pub just a 10-minute drive from Dorchester town centre, The Black Dog Inn has an outdoor children’s playground. Real ales are served in the traditional bar, which has wooden-beamed ceilings. Each soundproofed room has a flat-scr..
High East Street GB - Dorchester DT1 1HF
Prix Prices from : 88 £
A well-known local landmark in the centre of Dorchester, The Best Western Kings Arms has excellent rooms with en suite bathrooms. The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 and has many interesting and classical Georgian features. Many mon..
26 High St GB - Sydling Saint Nicholas DT2 9DP
Set in a lovely village amongst flint and thatch houses, with a gurgling trout stream behind. Sit in the rustic bar, the conservatory or the linen-laid dining room with its sunken well; and choose from a very modern, seasonal menu. Contemporary bedro..
36 High West St GB - Dorchester DT1 1UP
Unassuming, intimate high street restaurant with just five tables. The 6 course tasting menu features accomplished, carefully crafted dishes. Excellent quality local produce is showcased in superbly flavoured, tried-and-tested combinations. Service i..
9 Fore St GB - Evershot DT2 0JR
Dorchester Rd GB - Maiden Newton DT2 0BE
Double-fronted, beamed former shop with yachting prints, candlelight and a cosy feel. Run by a husband and wife team, it offers a seasonally changing menu of classic dishes; duck and homemade bread feature.
Lower Bockhampton GB - Dorchester DT2 8PZ
Proudly run restaurant in an old thatched cottage, with a snug beamed lounge and dining room. English tapas at lunch, with locally cured meats, cheese and bread baked in plant pots; gutsy, masculine dishes at dinner, with produce sourced from within ..
14 Long St GB - Cerne Abbas DT2 7JF
Sizeable 16C flint-faced pub set in picture postcard village, with exposed beams, a landscaped courtyard and a vast orchard garden. Freshly prepared, ably cooked dishes make good use of locally sourced produce. Bedrooms are stylish: some are in the m..