Local Dorset Attractions

Dorchester borough gardens


The county town of Dorset has many attractions. From the historic Roman Town House and Shire Hall, several museums, 2 cinemas and numerous restaurants and pubs including Brewery Square.

On Wednesday there is a traditional market and the town often hosts Farmers Markets and French Markets.

There are regular arts events held in the town. Dorchester Arts and the Town Council organise many but not all of them.

Dorchester B&B Jurrasic Coast

Jurassic Coast

Britain’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Featuring spectacular views and a rich natural history with pretty coves and steep cliffs. Rich is fossils from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous periods.

Walk its length on the South West Coastal path or visit some of the many interesting places on the route. From Swanage in the east to Lyme Regis in the west or the famous Chesil beach and Portland Bill, there is a variety of places to explore.

Weymouth Harbour


Home to the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics. Weymouth mixes a traditional holiday destination with a wide sandy beach with an Old Harbour and Modern Marina.

It has many attractions, including a Sea Life Centre, Sea Fishing, The Sea Life Tower, Boat Trips and Fishing.

Home to the National Sailing Academy.

Dorchester Maiden Castle

West Dorset

Green rolling hills with Forts and ancient burial mounds and sandy heathland. The countryside is varied and beautiful.

Visit the hills forts of Maiden Castle, Eggerton Hill, Pilsdon Pen and Hod Hill or search out the many burial mounds and pre-historic stones.

Nearby attractions include The Tank Museum, Monkey World, Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury and Clouds Hill.

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