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Dorchester

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Dorchester is the County Town of Dorset.

Understand[edit]

Tourist Information Centre[edit]

Get in[edit]

A new park and ride service is now available, see National Park and Ride Directory

By train[edit]

Dorchester has two train stations, Dorchester South (rail links to stations to London) and Dorchester West (rail links to stations to Weymouth and Bristol) [2].

By bus[edit]

National Express Coaches stop at Dorchester.

Get around[edit]

Traveling around Dorchester in particular and West Dorset as a whole is easy by private or public transport.

See[edit][add listing]

  • The Old Crown Court & Cells, Stratton House, 58-60 High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1UZ, +44 1305 252241, [3]. Famous for the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834. Open during the summer, take a tour around the courts and learn about the Martyr heritage.  edit
  • Dorset County Museum, High West Street Dorchester, DT1 1XA, +44 1305 262735 (), [4]. Thomas Hardy's study plus a history of Dorset archeology, nature and the Jurassic Gallery - an exhibition of fossil finds from Englands first natural World Heritage site - the Jurassic Coast. Includes Hitler's desk from the Reichsministry!  edit
  • Teddy Bear Museum. A childrens' favorite

Do[edit][add listing]

Come on a Wednesday and experience the lively atmosphere of market day in town. On the first Saturday of the month you can take a trip to Prince Charles' internationally renowned Poundbury and enjoy the Farmers' Market.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Local produce from the regular markets and farmers' markets in town. These are a great opportunity to discover local handcrafted and home-produced items and pick up a bargain!

Eat[edit][add listing]

Dorchester has a varied selection of restaurants, but is fairly limited in quality.

  • Sienna, 36 High West Street. +44 1305 250022, [5]. Three AA Rosettes restaurant. Small and intimate. £20-£30.
  • Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton (ten miles north of Dorchester), 01300 345249, [6]. Great country pub. Well worth a visit for a homemade burger or to have a pint in the extensive gardens and orchard.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

There are many excellent pubs and bars in the county town of Dorchester, so prepare to be spoilt for choice!

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Whether you are looking for a self catering retreat, a hotel, bed and breakfast or guesthouse, an inn or a farm stay, there are options in and around Dorchester.

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