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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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  • West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tenantrees Stable

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm.
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Fox Cottage is a lovely retreat for two. Relax in the pool or enjoy a friendly game of tennis!
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    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Abbotsea is great for dog lovers. There are lovely walks to enjoy and there is even a dog’s exercise paddock.
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD.
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  • Dorchester, Dorset
    Dorchester, Dorset×

    Dove Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43672
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    This perfect retreat for two is set in the heart of Dorchester with many attractions close by, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Whether you are looking for an active or relaxing break for you and your loved one, Wellbridge has it all.
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Dewlish, Dorset
    Dewlish, Dorset×

    Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish, Dorset

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    Ref: 16154
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking.
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  • Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Eden Cottage

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

    Clyffe Dairy Cottage

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC179
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestled peacefully in an idyllic rural setting, yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester.
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere

    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.
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHU
    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.
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
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    Durbaville
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    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
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  • Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset
    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset×

    Meadow Views

    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset

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    Ref: 26005
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 miles from the coast and a wealth of attractions for all interests.
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