Dorchester and Country Holiday Cottages
Did you know...Thomas Hardy was born just outside of Dorchester?
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and overlooks the River Frome. Close to Weymouth and Bridport, Dorchester is an historic market town with a fascinating past and connections with several famous figures. Dorchester holiday cottages are perfect for a Dorset holiday away from it all, and the surrounding area is an idyllic place to escape from it all. Holidays in Dorchester are perfect for family breaks, walking holidays and time away with friends – whatever your perfect pastime, Dorset is the ideal place to enjoy it.
- Thomas Hardy’s former home in Dorchester is open to the public
- Lawrence of Arabia is buried in Moreton, Dorchester
- The Cerne Abbot Giant lies on a hill to the north of Dorchester
Dorchester Tourist Information
No Dorset holiday is complete without a visit to Dorchester, or even a stay in a beautiful Dorset holiday cottage. Dorchester is famed as Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, and he wrote ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ in the town. The beautiful thatched cottage in which Hardy was born and raised is just a few miles from Dorchester and is open to visitors. Visitors should note that there are no toilet facilities within the cottage.
Fans of the writer may also wish to take the Thomas Hardy Walk, which follows Hardy’s very footsteps. Maiden Castle, on the outskirts of the town, is England’s largest hillfort and is not to be missed by those with a taste for history. The site also offers impressive views of Dorchester, for some unique Dorchester holiday photos.
Dorchester Family Attractions
The Cerne Abbot Giant (also known as the ‘rude giant’) is visible in the hills to the north of Dorchester, and has long been a source of speculation. Thought to be a virility symbol, the giant has become one of Dorset’s most recognised, if untraditional sights! Situated in the old Moreton school rooms, Moreton Tea Rooms offer a true taste of Dorset. The tea rooms also include some fascinating photos of Lawrence of Arabia, who died nearby in a motorcycle accident.
The Dinosaur Museum celebrates Dorchester’s position on the Jurassic Coast, and is one of the area’s leading family attractions. Dorchester’s other choices when it comes to family-friendly museums include the Dorset County Museum and the Keep Military Museum.
Eating Out in Dorchester
As Dorset’s county town, it’s no surprise that Dorchester is home to some of the area’s finest choices for eating out. The Sienna Restaurant in Dorchester holds a Michelin Star and is perfect for a special evening out during your self-catering holiday in Dorchester. Children over the age of 12 are welcome and groups can also be accommodated. For quality meals with in a contemporary setting – Taste is a bold cafe restaurant and hold regular pudding nights in addition to its excellent menu. No 6 Restaurant is French-owned and this is reflected in its chic and sophisticated style. The restaurant’s terrace is perfect for an al fresco lunch or dinner and the menu won’t fail to impress.
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