Dorchester is the county town of Dorset it is steeped in history and culture and boasts great places to visit, shop and eat. A visit to this fascinating town and its 6000 years of history is a must. Dorchester was an important town in Roman times, much of the town was destroyed by fire in the 17th and 18th centuries and most of the buildings visible today date from Georgian times. Dorchester Dorset played a significant part in the Monmouthshire Rebellion.
Maiden Castle, one of the largest and most impressive Iron Age hill forts in Europe, is located just 2km to the south west of Dorchester.
Thomas Hardy lived in Dorset for most of his life and this county was the inspiration for much of his work.