The historic town of Dorchester is the oldest town in Dorset, as well as being the county town. It is an idyllic market town with many layers of history, and hometown to a very famous author. From tea shops to beautiful restaurants and pubs, as well as plenty of shops and museums, this is the perfect place for all the family to spend time together finding something they all enjoy.
August sees the French Market being held in the town where you’ll find fantastic french breads, chocolates, cheeses and so much more
Fast fact: Dorchester was founded by the Romans in 70AD and was originally called Durnovaria.
Literature fans may know that novelist and poet Thomas Hardy lived in Dorchester, and that ‘Casterbridge’ in his novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based upon Dorchester. Why not find out more about one of England’s best loved novelist at Dorchester’s County Museum which holds the largest collection of Hardy artifacts in the world.
The Dorchester Gallery forms part of the museum too and tells the 6,000 year old story of Dorchester from prehistoric times, right up to the here and now. With lot’s of information and displays for you to learn and see, it’s a great way to understand modern Dorchester.
Dorchester’s award winning Dinosaur Museum is a hit with people of all ages, with artifacts including fossils, dinosaur skeletons and life size dinosaur reconstructions, this is a museum like no other you’ve been to before. You really will leave feeling as though you have had a day in the life of a dinosaur, with tons of hands on things to see and do.
This exhibition will take you straight back to Egyptian times through sight, sound and smell. It is the first Tutankhamun Exhibition outside of Egypt to feature an identical anatomical replica of the mummy of Tutankhamun, which took a lot of research and hard work to complete.