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?

Tom Brown’s Events

Howl Open Mic with Elijah Wolf

Howl Open Mic with Elijah Wolf

Thu 13th Jan - 8:00pm
and 3 future schedules



The Navy Lark

Dorchester Arts event - Three classic episodes of the much-loved radio show The Navy Lark brought to life on stage.

Sun 16th Jan - 8:00pm



Kingston Maurward College Open Event – Sunday 23rd January 2022

Kingston Maurward College Open Event - Sunday 23rd January 2022

Sun 23rd Jan - 10:00am


Tom Brown’s Events

Quiz Night! Tom Brown’s

Quiz Night! Tom Brown's

Tue 25th Jan - 8:00pm
and 1 future schedules



The Stompin’ Dave and Earl Jackson Duo

Dorchester Arts event - A night with the Stompin’ Dave and Earl Jackson Duo promises to be a fantastic live blues music event.

Wed 26th Jan - 8:00pm


Great Baldini – Magical Cabaret – LR

The Great Baldini Presents: A Magical Cabaret

Dorchester Arts event - The Great Baldini - emperor of illusion, prince of prestidigitation, maharajah of mystery – presents an evening of magical entertainment in cabaret..

Thu 27th Jan - 8:00pm



Dorchester Beerex

The 33rd Annual Dorchester Beer Festival at The Corn Exchange

Fri 4th Feb - 11:00am
and 3 future schedules


Tom Brown’s Events

Tom Brown’s – The 6 Nations Begins

Tom Brown's - The 6 Nations Begins

Sat 5th Feb - 12:00pm


Shire Hall courtroom 5 © Folio Creative

Teas and Talks -For the Benefit of Example

This talk seeks answers in local geography and in the customary principle of exemplary justice.

Sat 5th Feb - 2:00pm


Jimmy Hillbillies

Tom Brown’s – The Jimmy Hillbillies

Tom Brown's - The Jimmy Hillbillies

Sat 5th Feb - 9:30pm


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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