Eat & Drink

Dorchester has a brilliant range of independent and nationally established places to eat and drink at any time of day.
Many of them utilise and celebrate the wonderful food and drink produced in the local area.
Dorchester has an amazing brewing history and we are fortunate to have a few local micro breweries and distilleries in the town.

See & Do

Dorchester's rich history means there are lots of things to do here. We have hillforts, henges, an amphitheatre, Roman walls, a Roman town house complete with mosaics and a six brilliant museums! Plus, we forgot to mention all of our play parks, river walks and town trails. It is impossible for anyone, of any age, to be bored in Dorchester.


We have pulled together some suggested itineraries and more detailed information about how to make the most of your visit to Dorchester. Click on the link to be inspired.


Dorchester has a variety of different shopping areas. All of them have a great balance of national favourites and independent shops. Homewares, gifts, clothing, shoes, toys, essentials, refills and more can all be found in our vibrant county town.


Discover Dorchester

Dorchester – Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, or the Roman town of Durnovaria – is awash with history and sights to explore.

Whether it’s the two (where else has two?) Iron Age hill forts of Maiden Castle and Poundbury, the Roman Town House close to the line of the old Roman Walls (the only example of a fully exposed Roman town house in the country); the fantastic Georgian Architecture in the picturesque town centre; the house designed and lived in by Thomas Hardy; HRH The Prince of Wales’ urban extension at Poundbury with its open spaces and interesting shops and eateries or the modern redevelopment of the former brewery with its dancing fountains – there is lots for everyone to enjoy.

Dinosaurs and Romans, literary giants, great scientists, military history, art and architecture, beautiful green spaces, interesting and independent shops and great places to eat – there really is something for everyone.

What's On?

Maiden Castle Dorchester.

Explore Maiden Castle

Thu 30th Jun - 6:00pm


Shire Hall cells 2 © Folio Creative

Murder Mystery Evening

Death in the Shire- "Court" red handed!

Fri 1st Jul - 6:00pm


River Frome near Maiden Newton

Evening Along the Riverbank

Fri 1st Jul - 6:00pm


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A Brief History of Jazz (Paul Higgs)

Dorchester Arts

Fri 1st Jul - 8:00pm


Maiden Castle Dorchester.

Silhouettes and Shadows

Sat 2nd Jul - 6:00pm


Summer in Dorchester

Dorchester Choral Society Concert

Dorchester Choral Society Concert

Sat 2nd Jul - 7:00pm


Pop up in the yard

Pop up in the Yard

Come and join us outside De Danann Antiques Centre and Loving by Nature for our second ever Pop-up in the Yard!

Sun 3rd Jul - 12:00pm



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Sun 3rd Jul - 4:00pm


Thorncombe Wood

Wildlife Wanders

Join Countryside Ranger and bird enthusiast Kath Hernon for seasonal guided walks around Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve.

Sat 9th Jul - 10:00am


Roman Town House

Roman Town House Tours

Discovered in the 1930s, one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England is situated here in Dorchester.

Sat 9th Jul - 10:30am


Visiting Dorchester?

Dorchester is a compact Market town, nowhere is more than a 20 minute or so walk from the town centre. It’s easy to get in a sustainable way too. There are direct train services from Bristol, Bath, London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth. We are part of the Sustrans National Cycle Network, well connected by bus and we have lots of electric car charging facilities dotted about the town as well.

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Dorchester has two train stations meaning we are well connected for visitors from across the country. London to Dorchester takes less than three hours and Bournemouth to Dorchester takes less than an hour!

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There are lots of cycle parking points to lock your bike up around the town and it is well connected to the Sustrans National Cycle network.

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We have a regular bus service to local major towns including Bridport, Weymouth and Blandford.

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There are lots of car parks dotted around and lots of e-car charging points too.

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