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A market town located in Dorset, England, Dorchester enjoys a stunning position on the River Frome. With easy access to the A35 and A37 roads, the areas of Poole and Weymouth can be easily accessed.

With a rich and varied history, the town still has many architectural points of interest, including many Roman features. In the town are the foundations of a Roman town house, freely accessible near the County Hall. Also nearby are remains from an 8-mile Roman aqueduct and Maumbury Rings, an ancient British earthwork converted by the Romans for use as an amphitheatre.


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With all of this ancient history to boast, the local museum houses much of the information tourists need to know, including several Roman artefacts unearthed within and around the town. Dorchester has also been granted Fairtrade status, meaning you can purchase all of your ethical goods in the town’s fantastic eateries and independent retailer’s.

Dorchester County Museum
There are many artefacts here tracing the history of the area, however the most notable collection is of Thomas Hardy’s life. Donated by Hardy’s wife, this is the largest collection of his works. (01305  262 735)

Hardy’s Cottage
The areas famous literary sons’ home is now a National trust property. Located 3 miles northeast of Dorchester. (01297 561 900)

Athelhampton House and Gardens
This beautiful home is one of Britain’s best medieval houses. The gardens here are magnificent, make sure you spend plenty of time roaming around them. Located 5 miles east of Dorchester. (01305 848 363)

Teddy Bear Musuem
As the name suggests everything is cute and cuddly, except the huge life-size ones that can be a bit scary.

Maiden Castle
These ruins are scattered around 3 miles over 20 hectares. Known to be Europe’s largest Iron Age fort. Located 1.5miles southwest of Dorchester.


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