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Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

About the Museum

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum is a treasure of Dorchester’s rich heritage. Over 200 years of real life stories of crime and the justice system are brought to vivid life. Follow in the footsteps of the people that were tried and sentenced and visit the actual cells, dock and court room. Uncover the fascinating tales from within the haunting cells of the historic building. Experience it all for yourself in this uniquely immersive museum experience in the heart of Dorchester.

Check out the extensive what’s on guide at Shire Hall for plays, talks, family activities, music, debates – there is something for everyone at Dorchester’s historic courthouse.


  • Step inside cells and dock
  • History of law and order
  • Tolpuddle Martyrs story
  • Immersive experience
  • Interactive guides
  • Dress up in costume
  • Full programme of events
  • Mezzanine café
  • Gift shop


High West Street, Dorchester
Dorset DT1 1UY

Opening times

Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
(last entry at 3pm)


For Admission Charges please go to The Shire Hall website.


tel: 01305 261849
e: email

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