Things to do in Dorchester
Scenic market town with a rich heritage and beautiful countryside
Are you looking for things to do in Dorchester? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.
Known for... River Frome and Thomas Hardy
Did you know...
- Maiden Castle, the ancient earthwork fortress near Dorchester, was
occupied from around 3500BC until the arrival of the Romans in 43AD.
- Dorchester is noted as being home and inspiration to the author Thomas Hardy, whose novels Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge were both based on the town.
English Heritage - Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle has huge multiple ramparts.
Ape rescue and ideal family day out.☎ 01929462537Recommended by Caleb James Clarke, Worcester
Hardy Monument FREE
National Trust - Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy.
Eggardon Hill FREE
National Trust - Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast.
National Trust - Hardy's Birthplace and Max Gate - the perfect day out for lovers of literature.
Cerne Giant FREE
National Trust - Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas.
Explore these secluded valley gardens where rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias are a particular attraction.
|Minterne House |
The Nine Stones
English Heritage - Now in a wooded glade, this small prehistoric circle of nine standing stones was constructed c. 4,000 years ago.
Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows
English Heritage - A 'cemetery' of 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of varying types and sizes, straddling the A35 main road.
Kingston Maurward Park And Gardens
Lose yourself in the timeless magic of Kingston Maurward animal park and majestic gardens.
|Kingston Maurwood College|
National Trust - Home of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), the legend of the First World War.
The Kingcombe Centre
The Kingcombe Centre is one of Dorset’s premier environmental education establishments.
Multi-screen cinema.☎ 03330144501
Came Down Golf Club
|Came Down Golf Club|
Zorbing Experience. Ultimate land based thrill.☎ 08448094007
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