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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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5 cottages are available
  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester×

    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester

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    Ref: W44038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - No Pets Allowed - Rural Location


    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth,...

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  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide×

    The Stables

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide

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    Ref: DXS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Rural Location

    The Stables is a detached stable conversion and benefits from a large, open-plan kitchen/dining-room with a high...

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  • Dewlish, near Dorchester×

    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, near Dorchester

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimmingpool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Luxury Property - Detached Property - Washing Machine - Outdoor Swimming Pool

    Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual...

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  • Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester×

    Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester

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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 - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Coast within 5 miles - Barbecue

    In the small village of Winterborne Abbas, in west Dorset’s Hardy Country, this large, 300 year old, former...

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  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide×

    Armswell House

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Dishwasher - Washing Machine - Barbecue

    Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a...

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