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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.



 

  Attractions

Maiden Castle

English Heritage - Among the largest and most complex of Iron Age hillforts in Europe, Maiden Castle has huge multiple ramparts.
near Dorchester
Dorset
DT1 2HH

 

Monkey World

Ape rescue and ideal family day out.
Longthorns
Wareham
BH20 6HH

01929462537

Recommended by Caleb James Clarke, Worcester

 

Hardy Monument FREE

National Trust - Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy.
Black Down
Portesham
Dorset
DT2 9HY

 

Eggardon Hill FREE

National Trust - Iron Age hill fort and downland with views across the Marshwood Vale to the coast.
Nr Askerwell
Bridport
DT2 9EP

 

Hardy Country

National Trust - Hardy's Birthplace and Max Gate - the perfect day out for lovers of literature.
Higher Bockhampton
Dorset
DT2 8QJ

 

Cerne Giant FREE

National Trust - Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas.
Cerne Abbas
Dorset
DT2 7AL

 

Minterne Gardens

Explore these secluded valley gardens where rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias are a particular attraction.
Minterne House
Minterne Magna
Dorchester, Dorset
DT2 7AU

 

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.
near Winterbourne Abbas
Dorset
DT2 9HE

 

Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows

English Heritage - A 'cemetery' of 44 Bronze Age burial mounds of varying types and sizes, straddling the A35 main road.
near Winterbourne Abbas
Dorset
DT2 9LW

 

Kingston Maurward Park And Gardens

Lose yourself in the timeless magic of Kingston Maurward animal park and majestic gardens.
Kingston Maurwood College
Dorchester
DT2 8PY

 

Clouds Hill

National Trust - Home of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), the legend of the First World War.
Dorset
BH20 7NQ

 
 

  Parks

The Kingcombe Centre

The Kingcombe Centre is one of Dorset’s premier environmental education establishments.
Toller Porcorum
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 0EQ

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Dorchester

Multi-screen cinema.
3 Drayhorse Yard
Weymouth Avenue
Dorchester
DT1 1GA

03330144501

 
 

  Golf

Came Down Golf Club

Golf Club.
Came Down Golf Club
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 8NR

 
 

  Sport

Zorb South

Zorbing Experience. Ultimate land based thrill.
Pine Lodge Farm
Bockhampton
DT2 8QN

08448094007

 

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