Located on the banks of the River Frome, the historic market town of Dorchester is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to this quintessentially English county of Dorset. Former home to the famous author Thomas Hardy, a visit to Dorchester is like taking a step back to a simpler period of old-England.
The town prides itself on being one of the few in the UK where the stunning surrounding countryside can be gazed upon in all its beauty right from the town centre. Along with the beautiful buildings lining the cobbled market streets, Dorchester is home to several excellent museums offering insights into both local and national history.
Dorchester is primarily a residential location, with no major industry to speak of. But it is home to an increasing number of digital-based businesses and also has royal approval. Poundbury is an extension of the town and was designed by the Prince of Wales to be environmentally sustainable. It's a zone-free community focused on integrating shops, businesses, and private and social housing into a village-like development.
Back in Dorchester itself, there's plenty to see and do. Walks down the bank of the river are true delights to enjoy all year round, while a variety of county shows make each summer season as unique as the last. Autumn is widely considered one of the most strikingly beautiful times to visit, as the surrounding forests become a rich tapestry of colour. For sports fans, there's rugby, cricket and football to enjoy, while younger visitors will get a real kick out of the purpose-built skate park.
Dorchester prides itself on offer 'real' cafes, restaurants and retail options, which means a welcome lack of certain national chains and an abundance of quaint, exclusive boutiques not to be found anywhere else.
And if all that wasn't enough, the nearby seaside town of Weymouth offers countless more activities, attractions and entertainment for visitors and families of all ages.