Welcome to Dorchester Dorset’s County Town.
Dorchester situated 9 miles from the Jurassic South Coast is delicately placed in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and shows evidence of being inhabited since 2500 BC.
This historical Market Town was originally founded in 80 AD , you can still enjoy the Neolithic Henge at Maumbury Rings and the fine Iron Age Hill Fort at nearby Maiden Castle. Dorchester known by the Romans as Durnovaria is steeped in history and has always been the centre of Dorset life.
Once home to poet William Barnes, and sadly the resting place of soldier, politician and writer T.E. Lawrence more commonly known for his tireless work fighting the Arab cause, and then named Lawrence of Arabia. Dorchester or Ancient Wessex as it was known was also the home of the Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Born at Bockhampton just outside Dorchester Thomas Hardy the much loved writer and poet gained inspiration for his early novels ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Under the Greenwood Tree’ and later lived at Max Gate in Dorchester. A bronze statue to commemorate his work can been seen at the top of town roundabout.
Dorchester’s unchanged town boasts a Natural History, Tutankharmun and Dinosaur Museums along with a wide range of country lifestyle shops and there are plenty of resting places where you can enjoy a cream tea and adjust to the relaxed pace of Dorset life.
Alternatively enjoy Poundbury Village the new and exciting urban development designed for the Prince of Wales by Architect Leon Krier and mentioned by the Prince of Wales in his book ‘A Vision of Britain’ Now a world famous model village the Duke of Cornwall has integrated Town Houses, Cottages, Shops and Light Industry to produce a thriving community. Well worth a visit.