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  • 1 Maiden Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Britain's finest earthwork ramparts were begun around 350 BC on the site of a neolithic village dating back three thusand years. Four phases of development were udertaken before the extensive network of defences was completed around 60 BC. The fortre..

  • 2 Maiden Castle (farm) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    3 Maiden Castle Farm Cottage

    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..

  • 3 Jurassic Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jurassic Coast

    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..

  • 4 Dorset Country Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    st. High West

    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..

  • 5 South Street

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. South

    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.

  • 6 Monument to Thomas Hardy

    Museums and art

    st. High West

    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..

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