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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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  • Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tavaners View

    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1297
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    At Tavaners View enjoy a romantic couples get away with lovely views across the surrounding countryside in this cosy rural property. At Tavaners View enjoy a romantic couples get away with lovely views across the surrounding countryside in this cosy rural property.
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    8.6 7 reviews

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  • Portesham, Dorset
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    Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham, Dorset

    Portesham, Dorset

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    Ref: 15702
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    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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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Bookham Court - Wagon House

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    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
    Watch the deer playing in the nearby woods and the heron fishing on the lake at this beautiful, single-storey cottage. Watch the deer playing in the nearby woods and the heron fishing on the lake at this beautiful, single-storey cottage.
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  • Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset
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    Meadow Views

    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset

    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset

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    Ref: 26005
    Key Features:
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    Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 miles from the coast and a wealth of attractions for all interests. Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 miles from the coast and a wealth of attractions for all interests.
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  • Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset×
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    Willow

    Willow

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2752
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    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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  • Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    The Elbow

    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
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    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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  • Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Hebe

    Hebe

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Notton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2751
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Surrounded by countryside in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hebe is in the perfect location for dog walkers and cyclists. Surrounded by countryside in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hebe is in the perfect location for dog walkers and cyclists.
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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 30465
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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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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
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    Sandbourne serves as a brilliant holiday base. There are plenty of on-site facilities to occupy the family as well as nearby attractions. Sandbourne serves as a brilliant holiday base. There are plenty of on-site facilities to occupy the family as well as nearby attractions.
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    Situated amongst 12 acres, Chase Cottage is situated in a complex of properties providing the ultimate countryside retreat! Situated amongst 12 acres, Chase Cottage is situated in a complex of properties providing the ultimate countryside retreat!
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area! There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area!
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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