County town of Dorset and gateway to the Jurassic Coast

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Welcome to Dorchester

Whether you are here to work, shop, or visit our many attractions, you will find much to admire in the historic market town of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset since 1305.

Visitors find a town with one foot in the past and another firmly in the future, with some of this country’s best preserved Roman ruins moments away from a thriving high street and one of the most exciting current retail and residential re-development projects in the UK at Brewery Square.

If you’re interested in shopping in Dorchester, take a look at our shop finder, a unique way to plan your shopping trip before you set out.

Alternatively, relax in one of our many cafes and pubs. Dorchester is fast becoming a prime destination for foodies, so don’t leave without trying one of our fantastic restaurants.

Then, after a hard day’s exploring, spend the night in the comfort and pleasing surroundings of one of our hotels, guest houses or B&Bs.

Dorchester is a great place to do business. We have well over 200 businesses in our Business Directory. Please use the open text search to find what you want.

Read the fascinating story of the town

This site has been created by the Dorchester BID - for more details contact our Project Director, Phil Gordon on 07799 494886.

Friday, 22nd May 2015

Hardy Country

A warm welcome as you enter Hardy's Casterbridge - Dorchester! Take time out and enjoy the vibe and shops in the town and the beautiful walks down by the river. The county town has loads to offer including some wonderful museums, great shopping, great cafes and restaurants plus so much history and our Walking Trails!
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