• Dorset County Show
  • 3 prize competitions
  • Thomas Hardy
  • Dorchester from the east
  • A very successful Borough Gardens Warm Festival @helpafriendfund
  • South Street market stalls
  • Brewery Square fountains
  • John Craxton at Dorset County Museum
  • The Tutankhamun Exhibition
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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.

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Find out why Dorchester is a great place to live and work in and to visit. From a Roman amphitheatre to great shopping there's much to discover...

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Things to do

Dorchester is very fortunate in having no less than 8 museums, leafy riverside walks near the centre, dialect trails through the town's shops and cafes and the largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe. More under EXPERIENCE and VISIT

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Where to stay, eat & drink

The hotels in Dorchester offer great choice in accommodation from the historic Kings Arms to the recently opened Premier Inn. Enjoy a coffee or a meal in a historic setting, your favourite chain or an independent. Find them under WHERE

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Shops & businesses

Shopping in Dorchester is one of its main attractions. Wednesday is a traditional market day but you'll also find an ever expanding number of top quality chains and independents plus a wide range of services. Find them under WHERE

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What's on & where

Dorchester has a lively music scene, two cinemas, an Arts Centre and a range of markets, fesivals plus clubs and associations representing every interest. Find out where to go and what to see in our events diary under WHAT'S ON

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