Dorchester Town in Dorset
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and has a current population of just over 20,000 people making it the 5th largest settlement in the county.
An historic market town, Dorchester lies on the River Frome and is probably best well known for being the home of celebrated author Thomas Hardy. His novels Tess of the d'Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge both based on the town.
The town of Dorchester dates back to prehistoric times. There was a settlement of the Durotriges Britons atop Maiden Castle in the Iron Age and the town also figured in Roman times, being known as Durnovaria. The town of Durnovaria is recorded in the 4th century Antonine Itinerary. The settlement became an important market town and a staging post covering this part of Southern Britain. Its Roman walls and a Roman town house are still visible today near County Hall.
Another historic location of interest is the Maumbury Rings, an ancient henge earthwork. The town is perfectly placed to explore the whole of Dorset as well as East Devon and South Somerset.
The nearest source of local information is available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre.
Dining out near Dorchester
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
There's plenty more to explore in this area, too! Find more attractions and things to do nearby: