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Dorset’s county town, Dorchester combines a long and rich history with modern amenities and a forward-looking sensibility.Its town centre is a shopper’s paradise with many local independent traders as well as some of the familiar high street names and the Brewery Square development that has emerged as the beating heart of Dorchester at leisure.
The town is surrounded by charming, picturesque villages such as Maiden Newton, Frampton and Cerne Abbas – with perhaps Britain’s naughtiest tourist attraction – that make exploring a real pleasure.
What is there to see and do in Dorchester?
Durnovaria, as Roman Dorchester was known, had an amphitheatre and aqueduct and some remnants of the town walls can still be seen, as can the impressive foundations of a town house in Colliton Park, behind County Hall.
Periodically modern Dorchester surrenders more Roman treasures such as the remarkable cache of 22,000 coins unearthed in South Street in 1936 – many of these finds are on display in the excellent County Museum that is undergoing extensive refurbishment this year.
Dorchester is of course synonymous with its most famous son, the author Thomas Hardy who renamed it Casterbridge and whose home at Max Gate is open to the public.
Just outside Dorchester is the Prince of Wales’ experimental sustainable development at Poundbury, home to Philip Jackson’s three-metre bronze statute of the late Queen Mother.
A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Piddle Valley villages of Alton Pancras, Piddletrenthide, Plush and Piddlehinton have much to commend them, as does Tolpuddle – where the injustice visited upon six farm labourers in 1834 helped secure the foundation of the trades union movement.
Where can I eat and drink in Dorchester?
As befits the county town there’s a wide range of commendable places to eat and drink, most notably the highly acclaimed Bramble café and restaurant in Poundbury – owned and run by Masterchef winner Mat Follas and his wife Amanda – and the family-run Posh Partridge café in the town centre.
The Georgie Porgie Pie and Burger Co offers no prizes for guessing what’s on the menu, but it delivers in taste and value, as does cider and burger specialists, the Cow and Apple. The King and Thai has long been a popular destination for diners, as has Taste with its brasserie-style menu; while in Finca, Dorchester has a coffee shop worthy of a much larger metropolitan customer base.
Outside the town you won’t have to go far to find excellent food, from the seasonal local treasures on offer at Yalbury Cottage close to Thomas Hardy’s birthplace in Lower Bockhampton, to top drawer pub fare at the Brewers Arms in Martinstown, the Wise Man at West Stafford and Puddletown’s Blue Vinny, named after the famous Dorset cheese.
Take a little time to browse through our selection of holiday cottages in Dorchester and it's neighbouring villages. We’re certain you’ll find something just right for a truly special Dorset holiday.