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Accommodation in Dorchester

Friday, December 11th, 2009

If you’re looking for Dorset holidays then Dorchester has a varied selection of approved hotel, bed and breakfast and guest house accommodation. Staying in this delightful market town puts you right at the heart of beautiful rural Dorset, and gives easy access to the stunning Jurassic Coast.

Within the town there is the County Museum, the recently renovated Roman Town House museum, several visitor attractions and plenty of fine shops, tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. Just outside the main town is Maiden Castle, one of the best preserved Iron Age hill forts in Europe.

Dorchester offers accommodation for a every budget ranging in price from £22 to £125 pp per night. Venues include comfortable and welcoming three star B&B’s, a variety of excellent guesthouses and a luxurious five star hotel. Many venues now provide Wi-Fi access to the Internet and most are open throughout the year and take bookings online. It is advisable to check availability and book early if you plan to spend Christmas here.

Hotels in Dorchester

Looking for hotels? Well, you will be spoilt for choice – click here for a list

The five star Casterbridge Hotel, located on High East Street, is noted for its luxury and has been receiving guests since the 1930’s. The Georgian residence, with its concealed courtyard annexe provides a comfortable and relaxed haven close to the vibrant street scene of this pleasant and historic county town. Listings include the Good Hotel Guide, WHICH Hotel Guide, Michelin, and The Lonely Planet.

The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel is a renowned local landmark in the very centre of Dorchester. The AA *** hotel, built in 1720, retains many interesting and classical Georgian features and is conveniently placed for both business and leisure guests.

On High West St you will find The Old Ship Inn, Wessex Royale Hotel and Westwood House.

The Old Ship Inn built in the year 1600 has the proud title of the oldest pub in the town. In its central location, the Old Ship has weathered many turbulent years through fires, plague and wars yet still remains at the centre of a thriving community.

The Wessex Royale Hotel, a delightful Georgian Hotel built in 1756, is set in the very centre of the pretty historic market town. There is FREE parking available on site and the hotel has Wireless Broadband Internet connectivity throughout.

Westwood House is an attractive seven bedroom Georgian property built in 1815 by Lord Ilchester for his Coachmen.  Converted to a guest house and personally run by resident owners Tom & Demelza Stevens, the accommodation offers a comfortable, informal environment for the business or leisure visitor during their stay in Dorchester.

Bed and Breakfast

There are plenty of accommodation providers offering quality Bed and Breakfast which are ideal for either business trips or short stays – click here for a list of B&Bs

Located on Maiden Castle Road the Acquila Heights Guest House is a lovely Georgian Style Town House and is ideally located for visiting Maiden Castle, one of Dorchester‘s top visitor attractions.

Bay Tree House is a late 19th Century building in Athelstan Road, ideally situated in a quiet residential area, but just a few minutes walk away from the centre of town. This guesthouse offers **** Silver award accommodation.

There are also great choices for those preferring accommodation located away from the central town area.

B&B Poundbury is a beautiful detached house rated AA ***** and is situated in the heart of Poundbury, a thriving new development on the outskirts of Dorchester designed by the Prince of Wales.

Bramlies B&B is on Bridport Road, 10 – 15 minutes walk from the shops and attractions of the town centre and less than 5 minutes walk to the Hospital.

Sunrise Guest House located on London Road and is noted for its comfortable rooms, excellent breakfast and friendly hosts.

Tarkaville is an attractive, well appointed, modern house on the outskirts of Dorchester, yet close to all amenities, bus routes and railway stations. Tarkaville is situated in a quiet residential area and there is ample parking on the premises.

The White House is situated in a quite tree lined avenue on the south side. It is close to both railway stations.

The Tourist Information Centre has an experienced and helpful team who will assist you in making your visit to Dorchester an enjoyable one, whether you are planning to stay for a weekend, a few days, or longer. They can also provide a copy of “The Visitor Guide” that details the most popular attractions, with maps and pictures of this great and historic County town.  An electronic version of the Official Visit Dorchester, Visitor Guide is also available online.

Whether you are staying in a Bed & Breakfast or Hotel, we hope you have an enjoyable stay. See also Tripadvisor ( to read visitor reviews on the above establishments.

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