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

    Clyffe Dairy Cottage

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC179
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Clyffe Dairy Cottage lies in a great location, on a working farm, situated in the quiet Dorset village of Tincleton,...

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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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    - 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, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Ref: DFZ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove

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

    Lying in the...

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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Wagon House

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC792
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart...

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  • Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset×

    The Old Post Office

    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset

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    Ref: 15262
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This picturesque 18th century thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, the setting...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - 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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  • Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Hive

    Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 24682
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio

    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    This lovely detached, wooden holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

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

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  • Portesham, Dorset
    Portesham, Dorset×

    Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham, Dorset

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    Ref: 15702
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

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

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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


    Meadow Views is a pretty, mid-terrace, Victorian cottage retaining a wealth of period features set in the hamlet...

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