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A town for all seasons

Dorchester is a vibrant town for sightseeing and shopping but also a fantastic centre for visiting the area! Visit Dorchester’s museums and shops, walk the walks, drink great coffee, eat great food and take trips to the Jurassic coast.

Visitors find a town with one foot in the past and another firmly in the future, with some of this country’s best preserved Roman ruins moments away from a thriving high street and one of the most exciting current retail and residential re-development projects in the UK at Brewery Square.


Discover lots of great things to do in Dorchester

Find out why Dorchester is a great place to live and work in and to visit. From a Roman amphitheatre to great shopping there’s much to discover…

Discover Things to Do

Dorchester is very fortunate in having no less than 8 museums, leafy riverside walks near the centre, dialect trails through the town’s shops and cafes and the largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe.

More Things to do in Dorchester

Discover Where to Stay, Eat & Drink

The hotels in Dorchester offer great choice in accommodation from the historic Kings Arms to the recently opened Premier Inn. Enjoy a coffee or a meal in a historic setting, your favourite chain or an independent.

Find places to stay, cafes, restaurants and pubs

Discover Shops & Businesses

Shopping in Dorchester is one of its main attractions. Wednesday is a traditional market day but you’ll also find an ever expanding number of top quality chains and independents plus a wide range of services.

Find shops in Dorchester

Discover What’s on & Where

Dorchester has a lively music scene, two cinemas, an Arts Centre and a range of markets, festivals plus clubs and associations representing every interest.

Events in Dorchester


Download the Discover Dorchester Smartphone App

Discover Dorchester app

Your guide to everything you need during your visit to discover Dorchester.

The ‘Things to do’ section will show you a wide range of local activities as well as shops and attractions in and around the town.

Select your favourites from the Things to do and create your own personal itinerary of activities for your visit to Dorchester.

To help with your visit to Dorchester, this app also includes a town map, What’s On guide, full FAQs section to answer any questions you may have and an up-to-date five-day weather forecast.

The information is stored on your device so you can use it OFFLINE if you do not have data access.

Get Discover Dorchester app on Apple Get Discover Dorchester app on Google

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