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Things to do in Dorchester

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
History Museum
“In Dorchester (5 miles) great for slightly older children on a rainy day and adults too.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“Cosy independent 1933 picture house with 4 screens showing mainstream releases. Cheapest cinemas tickets ever”
  • 15 locals recommend
Plaza
“Sit on the wall with a coffee while the children play in the fountains, perhaps a little shopping, watch a film or just enjoy a meal at Zizzi’s or Wagamama ... a great place to include in a trip to Dorchester, the county town.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Entertainment
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“The former home of Thomas Hardy and is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England. It was designed and built by Thomas Hardy for his own use in 1885 and he lived there until his death in 1928.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“Located in the new Brewery Square part of Dorchester town. Great fun, always busy. Serves a good selection of beers and the food is surprisingly good, and they also do a very reasonably priced Full English breakfast!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Museum
“Experience the excitement of the world's greatest discovery of ancient treasure. See Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures spectacularly recreated through sight, sound and smell.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus skeleton cast, known as Dippy is visiting the museum until 7 May 2018”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Superb Italian family run restaurant. ask for a table downstairs (far more ambiance). Booked normally needed.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“This is our nearest pub - a pleasant 15 minute stroll away. We have yet to eat there so cannot personally recommend it but it always seems busy when we pop in for a drink.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Interesting local history - the area has Roman temples, ancient remains etc”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“National Trust property where Thomas Hardy lived . Lovely gardens. 10 minute drive.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“creative displays telling the stories of the regiments of Devon and Dorset who have served the country ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A huge selection of beers, ales and ciders. Decent pub grub and close to other areas of Brewery square. A chilli and ginger cider is one of my faves!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Train Station
“Dorchester is a vibrant town for sightseeing and shopping but also a fantastic centre for visiting the area! Visit Dorchester's museums and shops, walk the walks, drink great coffee, eat great food and take trips to the Jurassic coast. Visitors find a town with one foot in the past and another firmly in the future, with some of this country's best preserved Roman ruins moments away from a thriving high street and one of the most exciting current retail and residential re-development projects in the UK at Brewery Square.”
  • 40 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“Located in the new Brewery Square part of Dorchester town. Great fun, always busy. Serves a good selection of beers and the food is surprisingly good, and they also do a very reasonably priced Full English breakfast!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
“Superb Italian family run restaurant. ask for a table downstairs (far more ambiance). Booked normally needed.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Café
“This is our nearest pub - a pleasant 15 minute stroll away. We have yet to eat there so cannot personally recommend it but it always seems busy when we pop in for a drink.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
  • 3 locals recommend
Gastropub
“A huge selection of beers, ales and ciders. Decent pub grub and close to other areas of Brewery square. A chilli and ginger cider is one of my faves!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Chain restaurant but doesn't feel it. Really good food and nice atmosphere. Heaters and tables outside, lovely to sit out on a summer's evening.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Downstairs has a really great vibe, in the evening you can sneak in for a little cocktail.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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