If you’re a self-confessed foodie and want to spend some time in the beautiful county of Dorset, make sure to check out Dorchester.
Dorchester is Dorset’s county town and has a number of experiences from Michelin starred dining to hosting the Dorset Knob Throwing Festival, plus some incredible places to stay and things to do. It is a charming market town with a fascinating Roman history, as well as being the home of author Thomas Hardy. Dorchester is home to many independent shops, bars and eateries alongside historic estates and gardens, including a number of National Trust managed properties, like Thomas Hardy’s former home – a must for bibliophiles.
That’s not all, Dorchester is also where you’ll find the Cerne Abbas Giant – one of the county’s biggest (and rudest) mysteries. The large naked man can be seen for miles around on the side of a hill just on the outskirts of the town.
As well as being part of the historic Jurassic Coast, Dorchester retains a lot of its Roman heritage, particularly in the shopping areas where the streets still follow the original layout. By following the streets, you’ll find the County Museum where you can find some of the region’s most significant pieces of history including a dinosaur skull!
A great place for walking holidays
For anyone who loves going on a long walk with plenty of rest stops for enjoying food and drink along the way, you’ll love spending time in Dorchester. There are plenty of walks you can enjoy from the town, including Jurassic Coast walks and places like Portland, Durdle Door and Lyme Regis are all fairly close by too if you wanted to hop on a bus and explore further.
Ok, we know why you’re really here – Dorchester is a hive of eateries. We recommend heading to Brewery Square where you can find an abundance of restaurants, cafes and occasional markets full of the best local produce. A number leading chains are mixed in with more independent establishments so you’re never short on choices and the alfresco setting makes it seem exotic – even in the winter months.
If you’re thinking of heading to Dorchester for a little winter getaway or day trip, do remember to check local guidelines before you go and to maintain social distancing throughout your journey. Many attractions, eateries and accommodation providers will require you to book in advance and wear a face covering, so do check with the individual establishments before making a trip.