Having been named as the happiest place to be in Dorset, why not make a trip to Dorchester this year? This town is full of characters, has plenty of places to sample the best local produce and lots of things to see and do during your day.

The home of Thomas Hardy

If you’re a bibliophile, Dorchester has to be high up on your list of places to visit, not only is it the birthplace of the novelist Thomas Hardy, but the Casterbridge that he mentions in several of his novels is based on Dorchester and you can easily see the similarities as you walk around this charming countryside town.


The National Trust manages both Hardy’s Cottage and his former town house Max Gate, both of which can be found in the town. Visitors can also explore the town via the Hardy Trail which takes in many of the town’s historical attractions and has some lovely tea rooms along the way.

Speaking of historical attractions, Dorchester is full of them with a number of museums including the Dorset County Museum, a military museum and the Shire Hall court house, where Judge Jeffrey presided. If you want to be outside enjoying Dorchester’s heritage, visit the Sculpture by the Lakes where you’ll find an array of sculptures set in some lovely, well maintained gardens. It’s one of the best spots in Dorchester for a picnic, so if you visit during a warm, sunny day, take advantage of this peaceful and beautiful dining area.


Huge choice of dining options

Perhaps one of Dorchester’s most famous tourist spots is Brewery Square – originally the site of the Eldridge Pope Brewery it is now a haven for eateries from high street chains to independent restaurants and cafes. If you’re someone who prefers to find a secluded spot to enjoy your dinner, why not stop off at one of the markets, grab a few bits and perch yourself in full view of the fountain to refuel. Find more places to eat here.


Events all year around

Dorchester has an extensive events calendar, there is always something going on in this lively and vibrant town. With everything from food festival, agricultural shows and more. Keep a watch on our social media to see when the next Dorchester events are taking place!

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