Our guide to holidays cottages in 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. 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.

Things to do in Dorchester

Dorchester has plenty of things to do for all the family. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is popular with both residents and visitors, taking place in the little village of Tarrant Hinton in the heart of Dorset. This extravagant event features hundreds of steam engine vehicles from all over the world as well as live music, horses, displays and children’s entertainment. Our favourite is the old steam funfair with more than 60 traditional roundabouts and swingboats. The live stunt displays are incredibly exciting with monster trucks and motorcycle teams on show. You won’t want to miss this remarkable event.

The Blue Pool has been intriguing guests for many years. This tranquil attraction allows you to get up close with the waters changing colour. You can also walk one of the many paths by the pretty green woodland.

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail is a must visit hiking spot. Lawrence of Arabia settled in Dorset after leaving the military and this trail allows you to explore some of the areas related to his great character. The 7 mile walk takes you to quiet woodland and beauty spots as well as The Bovington Tank Museum and River Frome.

Dorchester Attractions

Dorchester is well-known for its sensational attractions which will delight the whole family. Rattys Trail is a circular walk where you can explore the local wildlife. The 1.5 mile walk is ideal for those of all ages and it follows an easy route. Along the way, you’ll get to see the beautiful countryside at its finest. See what animals you can spot along the way.

Thomas Hardy’s cottage is one of the most prominent attractions in Dorchester. The home (where Hardy was born) was built in 1800 and it still stands today. Guests can view the spot where Hardy penned his most famous works as well as the stunning orchid in the grounds. Ask the staff questions about its history or spy the peephole in the porch in which Hardy’s grandfather used to smuggle escapades.

Adventurers will adore Lulworth Cove – one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK. Here, you can have coasteering lessons with a professional and get up close to the striking rock formations and marine life. If you take a session, you’ll be able to see the areas fossils and rocks as well as swimming through isolated tunnels. Clear waters and magical coves make this attraction extra special and whether you want an individual lesson or a group one, there’s something to suit you.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Events don’t come much more traditional than the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and it takes place every year in the pretty little village of Tarrant Hinton right in the heart of Dorset’s famous countryside. The show is one of the world’s leading steam fairs, and it’s held in one of the largest outdoor arenas in Europe. So what can you...

The Jerram Gallery

Sherborne’s Jerram Gallery displays the work of British contemporary artists, and the exhibitions showcase the work of artists from all over the UK. This friendly gallery makes a point of showing new talent as well as some of the most established artists on the scene, and it’s a must for anybody on a Dorset holiday that has a passion for...
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