Dorchester has had a few years of remarkable growth and has been one of the British towns least affected by the recession. Poundbury and the Brewery Development have added to the range of specialist shops available as well as attracting some large chains.
At the same time premises in the centre of Dorchester have become much sought after as well known national brands and more individual and local shops have opened.
The result is a growing reputation for Dorchester as a cosmopolitan shopping centre with people being attracted from miles around.
During busy periods the Dorchester BID (Business Improvement District) provides Town Ambassadors in the county town's car parks. They not only help you park but can also provide directions, helpful visitor information and maps.
You will find market stalls in South Street, a traditional country market on Wednesdays in the Fairfield car parks off Weymouth Avenue and a Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of the month from 9am until 1pm in South Street.
If you are considering a visit to our town check out the business directory with location maps by using our search below. This is an innovative way to help plan your Dorchester experience and guide you with ease to the individual shops, pubs, cafes, and visitor attractions.
You can scan the list of shops, search on a category or try the open search box (in the page header above).
With over 400 shops and businesses in the centre of Dorchester there is something to satisfy everyone's interest. As well as a great selection of high street regulars, Dorchester has its own speciality shops that attract people from all over the south west.
There are family owned department stores, a wide range of specialist gift shops and for those who like to explore away from the main high streets, some hidden treasures up side streets and around corners!
Dorchester was always a bustling little market town that acted as a centre for the surrounding rural area but now, without losing that aspect, is is attracting a new generation of visitors who come for the shops, cafes, museums and the "vibe".
The number of specialist shops and cafes is rapidly expanding. Whether it's a specialist bike shop in Great Western Road or a good old fashioned hardware shop in South Street you are bound to find what you want. Use the search facilities on this site to help! If you know which shop you want scan the list of shops to find details or if you are unsure search on a category or try the open search box (in the page header above).
Waitrose, The Co-op and Iceland all have premises in the centre of Dorchester, whilst Tesco has a large store off the Weymouth Road, Lidl is at the bottom of The Grove and Sainsbury's has a Local on the Bridport Road.