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Dorchester is the County Town of Dorset.


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.


  • 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


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.


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!


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


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


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.

Get out[edit]

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