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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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  • Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Eden Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 25749
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a wonderful part of Dorset this terraced cottage has many attractions and the coast within easy reach. Located in a wonderful part of Dorset this terraced cottage has many attractions and the coast within easy reach.
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    8.5 13 reviews

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Anglebury has the best of both worlds - boasting a rural location yet the on-site facilities ensure there’s always something to do. Anglebury has the best of both worlds - boasting a rural location yet the on-site facilities ensure there’s always something to do.
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The owners of Kingsbere have thought of everything! Facilities here include a sauna, playground, dog paddock, and fruit and vegetable patch. The owners of Kingsbere have thought of everything! Facilities here include a sauna, playground, dog paddock, and fruit and vegetable patch.
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  • Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit the Jurassic Coast, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and a wide variety of family attractions from this 16th century thatched cottage. Visit the Jurassic Coast, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and a wide variety of family attractions from this 16th century thatched cottage.
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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
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    Relax in the garden at this beautiful cottage which is set in the picturesque, Dorset countryside. Relax in the garden at this beautiful cottage which is set in the picturesque, Dorset countryside.
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  • Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Willow

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
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    Willow is wheelchair accessible and in the ideal location for exploring picturesque villages, the characterful town of Dorchester and the stunning beaches of Dorset. Willow is wheelchair accessible and in the ideal location for exploring picturesque villages, the characterful town of Dorchester and the stunning beaches of Dorset.
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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    This bungalow is close to plenty of family attractions, including Monkey World and the Jurassic Coast. This bungalow is close to plenty of family attractions, including Monkey World and the Jurassic Coast.
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
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    Vibrant Weymouth, Abbotsbury Swannery and many Dorset towns can be easily reached from this delightful cottage. Vibrant Weymouth, Abbotsbury Swannery and many Dorset towns can be easily reached from this delightful cottage.
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
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    Weatherbury is one of a collection of properties situated next to a beautiful wildlife sanctuary where idyllic walks can be enjoyed. Weatherbury is one of a collection of properties situated next to a beautiful wildlife sanctuary where idyllic walks can be enjoyed.
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Ideal for families, take a stroll around the beautiful wildlife sanctuary located nearby or enjoy some family competitiveness in the games room! Ideal for families, take a stroll around the beautiful wildlife sanctuary located nearby or enjoy some family competitiveness in the games room!
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This homely property is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or active holiday makers; there’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice. This homely property is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or active holiday makers; there’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
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