38 Best and Fun Things To Do In Dorchester, England

Although best known for its association with English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, this quaint market town has a rich history dating back to the Iron Age.

The area also has Roman heritage, which can be observed at the County Museum and Roman Townhouse.

Dorchester is also home to rows of elegant Georgian-era houses, cobbled streets, and a busy shopping district, offering plenty for visitors to see and do.

If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air, head to the beach at Lyme Regis for a walk along the beautiful coastline or make your way over to the Maumbury Rings Henge for a picnic in the sun.

Want to know more? Keep reading for a comprehensive list of attractions and activities below!

The 38 Most Popular Things To Do In Dorchester, England

38. Black Down, Dorset

4.0 ★★★★☆ (1 review)

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37. Dorset Collection of Clocks

3.0 ★★★☆☆ (1 review)

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Location: The Millhouse 33 Moreton Rd. Owermoigne Dorchester

Tel:  1305-852220

Web Address:   http://millhousecider.co.uk/

36. Black Head

5.0 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

35. Waterston Manor

5.0 ★★★★★ (4 reviews)

Location: Puddletown Dorchester

34. Poundbury Hillfort

5.0 ★★★★★ (5 reviews)

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Location: Dorchester

Web Address:   https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1013337

33. Thomas Hardy Explorer

3.8 ★★★★☆ (6 reviews)

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Location: 9 Orchard Street Dorchester

Tel:  7773-286197

Web Address:   http://thomas-hardy-explorer.co.uk/

32. Thomas Hardy Statue

4.2 ★★★★☆ (9 reviews)

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Location: Dorchester

Web Address:   https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1110575

31. Little Waddon Vineyard

5.0 ★★★★★ (10 reviews)

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Location: Winter’s Ln Waddon Weymouth

Tel:  7890-478634

Web Address:   https://littlewaddonvineyard.co.uk/

30. St Peter’s Church

4.3 ★★★★☆ (16 reviews)

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Location: 26 High E Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-250719

29. Dorchester Art Gallery

4.7 ★★★★★ (17 reviews)

Location: 11 Pope Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-267061

28. Hell Stone Dolmen

4.6 ★★★★★ (19 reviews)

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Location: Portesham Weymouth

27. Woodsford Castle

4.6 ★★★★★ (22 reviews)

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Location: Woodsford Dorchester

Tel:  1628-825920

Web Address:   http://landmarktrust.org.uk/

26. The Nine Stones

4.3 ★★★★☆ (25 reviews)

Location: A35 Dorchester

Tel:  370-333-1181

Web Address:   http://english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/the-nine-stones/

25. Dorset Sunflower Trail

4.6 ★★★★★ (26 reviews)

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Location: Maiden Castle Road Dorchester

Tel:  7855-457522

Web Address:   http://maidencastlefarm.co.uk/

24. Pallington Lakes

4.9 ★★★★★ (35 reviews)

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23. Mill House Cider Museum

4.5 ★★★★★ (40 reviews)

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Location: The Millhouse 33 Moreton Rd. Owermoigne Dorchester

Tel:  1305-852220

Web Address:   https://millhousecider.com/

22. Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve

4.7 ★★★★★ (41 reviews)

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Location: Thorncombe Wood Dorchester

Tel:  1305-251228

Web Address:   https://dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/countryside-coast-parks/country-parks-and-visitor-centres/hardys-birthplace-visitor-centre/thorncombe-wood-local-nature-reserve.aspx

21. Terracotta Warrior Museum

3.4 ★★★☆☆ (51 reviews)

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Location: 10 Salisbury Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-266040

Web Address:   http://terracottawarriors.co.uk/

20. Jurassic Safari

4.7 ★★★★★ (65 reviews)

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Location: Park Farm Wanchard Ln Charminster Dorchester

Tel:  7872-471973

Web Address:   http://jurassicsafari.co.uk/

19. Shire Hall Museum

4.6 ★★★★★ (191 reviews)

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Location: High W Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-261849

Web Address:   http://shirehalldorset.org/

18. Osmington White Horse

4.4 ★★★★☆ (205 reviews)

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Location: Weymouth

Web Address:   http://osmingtonwhitehorse.info/

17. Dorset Snowsports Centre

4.6 ★★★★★ (223 reviews)

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Location: Warmwell Holiday Park 130 Warmwell Road Dorchester

Web Address:   https://facebook.com/Warmwellsnowsportscentre

16. The Great Field Poundbury

4.5 ★★★★★ (269 reviews)

Location: 1 Peverell Ave E Poundbury Dorchester

15. Xtreme Falconry at Dorset Falconry Park

4.9 ★★★★★ (298 reviews)

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Location: Lewell Mill Lane Lewell Dorchester

Tel:  1305-250710

Web Address:   http://dorsetfalconrypark.co.uk/

14. National Trust – Hardy Monument

4.5 ★★★★★ (406 reviews)

Location: Black Down

Tel:  1297-489481

Web Address:   http://nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-monument/

13. National Trust – Hardy’s Cottage

4.6 ★★★★★ (601 reviews)

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Location: Cuckoo Ln Dorchester

Tel:  1305-262366

Web Address:   http://nationaltrust.org.uk/hardys-cottage/

12. Athelhampton House & Gardens

4.6 ★★★★★ (710 reviews)

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Location: Athelhampton Road Puddletown Dorchester

Tel:  1305-848363

Web Address:   https://athelhampton.com/

11. Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens

4.5 ★★★★★ (1,072 reviews)

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Location: Kingston Maurward Dorchester

Tel:  1305-215000

Web Address:   http://kmc.ac.uk/gardens/

10. Dorset AONB

4.6 ★★★★★ (6,479 reviews)

Location: Dorset AONB Partnership Dorchester

Tel:  1305-228246

Web Address:   http://dorsetaonb.org.uk/

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9. Roman Town House entrance

4.4 ★★★★☆ (155 reviews)

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Location: County Hall Colliton Pk Dorchester

Web Address:   https://dorsetmuseum.org/romantownhouse/

8. Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

3.8 ★★★★☆ (212 reviews)

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Location: Salisbury Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-266040

Web Address:   https://teddybearmuseum.co.uk/

7. Maumbury Rings Roman Amphitheatre

4.5 ★★★★★ (243 reviews)

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Location: Weymouth Ave Dorchester

Web Address:   https://discoverdorchester.co.uk/place/maumbury-rings/

6. The Keep Military Museum

4.8 ★★★★★ (338 reviews)

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Location: Bridport Road Dorchester

Tel:  1305-264066

Web Address:   http://keepmilitarymuseum.org/

5. The Tutankhamun Exhibitio3.9 n

★★★★☆ (419 reviews)

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Location: 25 High W Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-269571

Web Address:   http://tutankhamun-exhibition.co.uk/

4. National Trust – Max Gate

4.6 ★★★★★ (523 reviews)

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Location: Alington Ave Dorchester

Tel:  1305-262538

Web Address:   http://nationaltrust.org.uk/max-gate/

3. Maiden Castle

4.6 ★★★★★ (736 reviews)

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Location: Maiden Castle Road Dorchester

Tel:  370-333-1181

Web Address:   http://english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/maiden-castle/

2. Dorset Museum

4.5 ★★★★★ (788 reviews)

Location: High W Street Dorchester

Tel:  1305-262735

Web Address:   http://dorsetmuseum.org/

1. Borough Gardens

4.7 ★★★★★ (1,157 reviews)

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Location: Cornwall Road Dorchester

Tel:  1305-266861

Final Words:

Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Dorchester, England! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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