The historic collides with the hip in Dorchester, where trendy bistros and boutiques huddle alongside Roman ruins and classic Georgian homes, to create a destination that appeals to every generation.
Begin your adventures here by visiting one of the market town’s many museums. There are eight here, covering everything from local history to dinosaurs, ancient Egypt and teddy bears! Two particular standouts are the striking Keep Military Museum and the Dorset County Museum with its many fossils and Roman treasures.
Dorchester is famous for its connections with literary icon Thomas Hardy, who based the fictional Casterbridge on the county town. Take the special trail to visit landmarks linked with the author – including his charming cottage and birthplace on the outskirts.
Hardy probably wouldn’t recognise Dorchester’s Brewery Square today. The site has been transformed into a cosmopolitan hangout spot, filled with restaurants, shops and bars with colourful fountains at its centre.
Why We Love Dorchester
- Gorgeous architecture
- An abundance of museums
- Links to the late and great Thomas Hardy
- Shopping and dining in Brewery Square
- Many fine gardens
How to get to Dorchester
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