Dorchester is an ancient Roman town and both the town and the local area offer a wealth of attractions for all types of visitor. Dorchester has a nice range of shops and museums including the Dorset County Museum, Dinosaur Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Tutankhamen Exhibition.
The seaside resort of Weymouth has all the amenities you would expect of a premier seaside resort. Children will enjoy a visit to the Animal Park set in the parkland grounds of Kingston Maurward, Wedding Venue and International Equestrian Centre. Nearby is Athelhampton, a most attractive 15th Century Manor House, also a Wedding Venue with beautiful architectural gardens.
South and West Dorset are famous for it's World Heritage Jurassic Coast
which extends from Old Harry Rocks in the east through Lyme Bay into East Devon. This offers exhilarating coastal walks with magnificent views that form a major part of the South West Coastal path
including West Bay - Bridport's harbour and the location for Broadchurch, the recent ITV drama series.
Many pretty coastal villages offer an abundance of individual attractions. Abbotsbury famous for its 600-year-old Swannery, Sub-Tropical Gardens, St Catherine's Chapel and Dansel Wood Craft Gallery shelters behind the protection of the magnificent Chesil Bank
Dorset has an attractive and varied landscape and coastline and visitors can enjoy an abundance of beautiful countryside with pretty towns and villages.
Historical Dorchester is the heart of Thomas Hardy Country. Hardy's Cottage, his birthplace in the woods at Higher Bockhampton and Max Gate, the home he designed for himself in later life are both open to the public by the National Trust
Bridport is an attractive market town adjacent to the coastal resort, West Bay - location of the TV drama, Broadchurch. Lyme Regis, famously depicted in the film version of John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion, is often regarded as the Pearl of Dorset. Boasting breathtaking scenery with cobbled and steep streets it offers an excellent range of traditional, craft and fossil shops, tea rooms and restaurants. Lyme Regis Museum and Dinosaurland house spectacular collections of local fossils.
Family attractions locally include Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre near Wool with the Tank Museum only a mile away at Bovington and the village of Tolpuddle and the Martyrs Museum.
Lawrence of Arabia's home is at Clouds Hill (NT) with an exhibition that includes his motor bike can be seen just down the road at Bovingtion Tank Museum. His grave is in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church at nearby at Moreton village where the magnificent clear glass windows engraved by Lawrence Whistler is also well worth a visit.
To the north lie the towns of Blandford Forum - possibly the best remaining original example of a Georgian market town in England, Shaftesbury where the famous Gold Hill offers panoramic views across the Blackmore Vale. Sherborne is another market town to the north of Dorchester. Sited on the River Yeo and on the edge of the Blackmore Vale it boasts two Castles and magnificent Abbey.
Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic coastline provides a stunning backdrop for walkers and cyclists exploring the South West coastal path including Durdle Door, a massive rock arch and an absolutely beautiful sloping beach ideal for bathing. Neighbouring along the coast path is Lulworth Cove - ideal for snorkeling and famous for its exciting rock strata - the famous Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole. The Fossil Forest and Range Walks east to Tyneham, Warbarrow Bay and Kimmeridge can be accessed from the beach
Maiden Castle iron age hill-fort Poundbury Hillfort, Maumbury Rings and the Roman Town House are all splendid examples of Dorchester’s unique heritage.
Plaza Cinema, Dorchester has 4 screens showing the latest films. Tickets are a genuine bargain at £2.50 Monday-Friday. £3.50 Saturday & Sunday.