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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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  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mi Tyme

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    5
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    Ref: UKC614
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    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    This terraced cottage, formerly one of the village stores dating back to the 1830s, sits in the centre of...

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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mill Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    5
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    Ref: 29080
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    In the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, only 3 miles from Dorchester with its many attractions, and within easy...

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  • Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Pavilion

    Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: 30394
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    This single-storey holiday home is in a superb country location midway between Dorchester and Bridport in...

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  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Rose Cottage

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: UKC227
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    In a delightful rural location in Hardy’s Country in the village of Tincleton, 4 miles east of Dorchester,...

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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: DHH
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within...

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  • Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Token Hill Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: UKC302
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly

    This holiday property is made up of a large section of the owners’ detached farmhouse and offers a great...

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  • Dorchester, Dorset
    Dorchester, Dorset×

    Milbury Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

    6
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    2
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    Ref: DAAF
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Situated in a conservation area and an AONB, in the quaint village of Bradford Peverell, this delightful flint and...

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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: DGA
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: DGH
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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

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  • Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Lodge No. 70

    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: W749
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location

    Indoor fun pool

    Situated in a wooded setting in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this spacious detached...

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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: DGG
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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

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  • Near Dorchester, Dorset
    Near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Warmwell Cabin

    Near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: 4949
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    Set in 40 acres of woodlands on the Warmwell Leisure Park, this...

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