Dorchester is Dorset’s county town and it’s a lively place with plenty to see and do, so if you’re thinking of spending a day there when you’re on your large group holiday in the West Country, go ahead. What’s to do exactly? Well, if you like shopping you’ll be fine; there’s a mix of big name and independent shops in the High Street, or go to Brewery Square where you’ll find some well known stores and chain restaurants as well as a very upbeat atmosphere.
Dorchester isn’t short of family attractions either; there are several museums, among them the Dorset County Museum, a Dinosaur Museum, a Tutankhamum Exhibition, a Teddy Bear Museum and a Military Keep Museum. If you want more culture check out the town’s links with Thomas Hardy at his former home, Max Gate, and see what’s on at the Arts Centre.
Follow one of the walking trails; stroll along the River Frome, retrace the old town walls or go and see the ruins of the Roman House. Dorchester has significant Roman history and was known as Durnovaria in those times, but it also saw considerable action in the Iron Age when the fort was built at Maiden Castle on the outskirts of town.
And where to eat when you’ve finished shopping/exploring? Now there’s a question! Off the top of our heads we’d suggest Café Jago, Cow & Apple, Nonno Peppe Pizza and The Old Tea House. Otherwise grab something nice from the bakers and go and soak up the timeless charm of Borough Gardens.
All information correct at the time of writing