A beautiful historic town in the county of Dorset and home town of the writer Thomas Hardy, Dorchester overflows with interesting architecture and other sights for visitors to Dorset's County Town to enjoy. The clock tower and church hold particular interest because of the peculiar but equally stunning design and construction. Be sure also to pay homage to the statue of Thomas Hardy at the top of the town.
Lose yourself as you wander round the town gazing up at the historic buildings. Indulge in the French market that you won’t find anywhere else nearby this side of the Channel. Wander round the beautiful Borough Gardens which includes two tennis courts, a beautiful bandstand and clock tower – the atmosphere of the blossoming flower beds and the frequent live music playing is so inviting and welcoming that you could spend a long summer day relaxing here.
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Other places of interest and well worth a visit are the Roman Town House in the grounds of the County Hall which can be combined with the Durnovaria Town Walk, a town trail that follows the fortified boundary of the town in Roman times. Visit Maiden Castle and take a step back in time to the largest hill fort in England extending 45 acres. It’s a beautiful ruin and well worth a look around.
From Dorchester, it’s only a short drive to the coast and the Regency resort of Weymouth with all its traditional seaside holiday attractions. There’s so much to experience in Dorchester that you’ll find yourself lost in the incredible history and culture that surrounds it.