Hotels, B&B's and Self Catering in Dorchester

Dorchester is the county town of Dorset. This is a historic market town on the banks of the River Frome and south of the Dorset Downs. Visitors will find some of this country's best preserved Roman ruins, moments away from a thriving high street, and new development Brewery Square, where you will find cafes, restaurants, bars and a cinema. Dorchester has 8 museums, leafy riverside walks and Maiden Castle, the largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe. World famous for its connection to the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, Dorchester is of course the Casterbridge featured in his novels. You can visit his cottage birthplace at nearby Higher Bockhampton and his Victorian townhouse, Max Gate, on the outskirts of town. Other attractions in the town include museums dedicated to Tutankhamun and even Teddy Bears! The Military Museum of Devon and Dorset, housed in a castle-like building, spans 300 years of history over 4 floors and you can visit the roof for amazing views. Dorset County Museum explores the story of the county from prehistory to the present day. Nestled in 26 acres of countryside lies Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers. Athelhampton House and Gardens, a 15th century manor house and grounds, 5 miles east of Dorchester, provides another great day out.

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