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Shopping in Dorchester

With over 400 shops and businesses in the centre of Dorchester there is something to satisfy everyone’s shopping needs. When shopping in Dorchester, you can find a great selection of high street regulars, but the town also has its own speciality shops that attract people from all over the South West.

Shopping in Dorchester

Whether you’re looking for presents for children in Dorchester, an unusual antique for your mantlepiece or that rare record – you’ll find an abundance of gifts and curiosities in Dorchester. Expect high street heavyweights like Toymaster, WH Smith and Waterstones, but don’t look past our fantastic independent shops – including Ali’s Attic, Loving By Nature and Vinyl Van.

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If you are looking for gifts in Dorchester, you have your pick of the bunch in our county town. You can find something for the whole family here, from jewellery, to artwork, to children’s toys. For the creatives out there, Dorchester is a fantastic place to stock up on your art supplies and view the work of some excellent local artists. Gallery on the Square and Frank Herring & Sons are not to be missed!

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Whether you’re looking for baby essentials like food, weaning products and dummies, or clothes and toys for toddlers and older children, Dorchester is full of fantastic shops for children. Search for Christmas presents, birthday gifts or weekly basics in our county town.

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There are range of banks in Dorchester – all are conveniently located in the town centre.

banks in dorchester


You’ll find clothes and jewellery in Dorchester to suit every style and budget. There is a fantastic lineup of high street regulars and independent businesses to support in the town centre. For children’s and babies clothes and accessories, Jojo Maman Bebe is particularly brilliant! Shops like CW Hats and Every Cloud are great for gifts and accessories, Mirari is the place to go for lingerie, and Allum & Sidway is just one of the fantastic jewellers in Dorchester.

jewellery in dorchester


It is no secret that Dorchester and Dorset in general is one of the most popular places to visit in the UK. With more people enjoying holidays in Dorset, we’ve seen more and more people choose to relocate or buy a second home here. There are a range of fantastic estate agents in the town centre to help you find your dream home!

estate agents in dorchester


You’ll find a number of fantastic places to get food both locally and from all over the world. Dorchester champion local food and drink, and the offering of our high street breathes this. From health foods in Down to Earth, to well-brewed ales at Copper Street Brewery, there really is something for everyone.

bread in dorchester


There really is a breadth of hair and beauty shops in Dorchester. Whether you’re looking for new makeup, toiletries, a chiropractor, haircut or anything in-between, you’ll find everything you need in the town centre.

hair and beauty in dorchester


From birthday cards to help with cars, and baking trays to holidays you’ll find a range of home, car, garden and pet shops in Dorchester here.

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Dorchester is regarded as one of the best places for legal advice in Dorset. Our county town also boasts a range of financial services.

legal and financial services in dorchester


With over 400 options for shopping in Dorchester, there is no doubt that you’ll find everything from household essentials, to gifts. The range of services and shops in Dorchester means there isn’t much you could need that you’ll have to venture away from the town for.

shops in dorchester


Whether you’re looking for camping equipment in Dorchester, outdoor clothing, fishing tackle, hunting gear or anything in between – you’ll find what you need here.

Pictured: Camping in Dorset

camping in dorset


We have a host of professional services in Dorchester. Whether you need assistance with technology, printing, legal advice, nursing care or anything else, have a look here.

professional services in dorchester


Photo credits: Ben Sutherland | Stephen and Helen Jones

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