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Dorchester

On the banks of the River Frome sits Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. A popular and historic market town, Dorchester is nestled just South of the Dorset Downs and less than 8 miles away from the seaside town of Weymouth and the Dorset coast.

The busy town centre’s focal point is the Town Pump and impressive clock tower surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. There’s a French Market that is held annually every August, which attracts locals and visitors alike and a number of historic walks that start off in the centre of town. The nearby Tank museum will be a guaranteed hit with the kids.

Dorchester has a long and rich history; being occupied since Roman times and contributing to its cultural identity over the years. Visitors can explore this history through the excellent themed walks around town, which tell a fascinating historical tale. Visit the Roman ruins of Maiden Castle, one of the most significant Roman sites in the UK and the Dinosaur Museum is an absolute must for children and adults alike. There are a number of other historical but fun sights and locations in the area that make the town a great choice for a family holiday, such as the Tutankhamen Exhibition.

To find accommodation in the area see our selection of holiday cottages in Dorchester and start planning your holiday now. Dorchester has an abundance of activities and sights for fun-filled family breaks, a week of exploring the history in the area, or an indulgent week of restaurant meals and shopping trips.
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  • Owermoigne, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Owermoigne, near Dorchester, Dorset×
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    Crow’s Nest

    Crow’s Nest

    Owermoigne, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Owermoigne, near Dorchester, Dorset

    10
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    5
    3
    Ref: UKC3396
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Ideally located close to the Jurassic Coast, Crows Nest makes the perfect location for families or friends holidaying together. Ideally located close to the Jurassic Coast, Crows Nest makes the perfect location for families or friends holidaying together.
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  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Tincleton Lodge

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    10
    5
    4
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    Ref: UKC226
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for groups of friends or families wanting to stay together, within easy reach of Dorchester, Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis. Ideal for groups of friends or families wanting to stay together, within easy reach of Dorchester, Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis.
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  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    12
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    3
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    Ref: W44038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Adjoining the original mill, this property provides spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests. Adjoining the original mill, this property provides spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests.
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  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset
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    The Stables

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    14
    7
    5
    2
    Ref: DXS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pet friendly property is surrounded by countryside and is great for larger parties holidaying together. This pet friendly property is surrounded by countryside and is great for larger parties holidaying together.
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  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    15
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    Ref: DPU
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This five star property is fantastic for families and friends. There’s a shared pool and games room ensuring guests are kept entertained! This five star property is fantastic for families and friends. There’s a shared pool and games room ensuring guests are kept entertained!
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  • Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44119
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located close to the beautiful, county town of Dorchester, Churchview House offers excellent accommodation for a large gathering of family or friends. Located close to the beautiful, county town of Dorchester, Churchview House offers excellent accommodation for a large gathering of family or friends.
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  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset
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    Armswell House

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Ref: DQT
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Discover Dorset’s stunning countryside and coast from this cosy 18th century farmhouse with its own spa room. Discover Dorset’s stunning countryside and coast from this cosy 18th century farmhouse with its own spa room.
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