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
3 Maiden Castle Farm Cottage GB - Dorchester DT2 9PR
Occupying around twenty hectares, Maiden Castle's earthwork ramparts are among the finest in Britain. They were built c 350 BC on the site of a Neolithic settlement, and there were four main building phases. The complex was fully equipped with its de..
Jurassic Coast GB - Dorchester DT1
Listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site owing to its geological interest, the Jurassic Coast, which stretches for 150km/93mi between the east of Devon and Dorset, illustrates impressive geological traces, such as rocks dating back some 185 million yea..
High West Street GB - Dorchester DT1 1XA
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 and..
Ansty GB - Ansty DT2 7PN
Prix Prices from : 60 £
A 25-minute drive from Dorchester and Blandford Forum, The Fox Inn is a pretty inn in the Dorset countryside. This dog-friendly property has free parking and WiFi, and a full English breakfast is served in the garden room. Each guest room has en sui..
West Bexington GB - Puncknowle DT2 9DF
The Manor House is set in West Bexington and 250 metres from Chesil Beach and Lym Bay. This charming property dates back to the 16th century and opens onto a lovely garden and terrace. The pretty, individually decorated rooms at The Manor House have..
Evershot, Dorset GB - Evershot DT2 0JR
In 4 acres of beautiful gardens, Summer Lodge features luxurious rooms, a leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. With free parking and free Wi-Fi, the hotel is 15 minutes from Yeovil. Rooms feature sumptuous fabrics and luxury bathrooms wit..
28 Fore St GB - DT2 0JW Evershot
14 Long Street GB - DT2 7JF Cerne Abbas
An elegantly dressed, 16C part-flint inn on the main street of this delightful village, home to the famous Chalk Giant. This charming pub has a relaxing ambience, genial staff and an appealing menu of tasty, traditional dishes. Spacious, stylish bedr..
9 Fore St GB - DT2 0JR Evershot
Dorchester Rd GB - DT2 0BE Maiden Newton
This double-fronted former shop has a welcoming feel, with its cosy beamed interior and flickering candlelight. Run by a husband and wife team, it offers a seasonal menu of classic dishes; tasty duck and homemade bread feature.
Lower Bockhampton GB - DT2 8PZ Dorchester
This proudly run restaurant is in an old thatched cottage and has a snug beamed interior. Cooking is gutsy and flavoursome, and produce is sourced from within 9 miles. In summer, try the English tapas, which features cured meats, cheese and bread bak..
36 High West St GB - DT1 1UP Dorchester
This unassuming high street restaurant was recently taken over by a young MasterChef quarter finalist. His ambitious cooking is modern both in flavour and presentation. It has just five tables, so be sure to book ahead.