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Discover Dorchester

Whether it's the two Iron Age hill forts of Maiden Castle and Poundbury, the Roman Town House close to the line of the old Roman Walls, the house designed and lived in by Thomas Hardy, HRH King Charles lll's urban extension at Poundbury with it's open spaces and interesting shops and eateries or the modern redevelopment of the former brewery - there is lots for everyone to enjoy.

There is plenty of useful information on this site along with a link to download the Tourist Information app.

Dorset County Museum
Dorset County Museum

The museum closed two years ago for a £16m refurbishment and the new extension will allow the museum to display more of it's four million artefacts, including fossils, sculptures by Dame Elisabeth Frink, novelist Thomas Hardy's pens and Bronze Age axes.

Open Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm


TANKFEST at Bovington Tank Museum features three full days of arena action, with explosive displays of unique historic and modern armour running throughout the weekend.

See the stars of the Museum's collection running alongside guest tanks and vehicles from the British Army. PLUS hear lectures from tank experts, explore Living History encampments, and see the world's best collection of tanks inside The Tank Museum.

TANKFEST is a sell-out event so we recommend booking soon so you don't miss out!

28th to 30th June 2024

Thomas Hardy Conference & Festival

The Thomas Hardy Society once again invites you to visit the home town of our beloved author to celebrate his life and work through lectures, walks, entertainment and spending time with your fellow Hardyans.

Key Note Speakers will include Pamela Dalziel, Roshan Doug, Phillip Mallett, Isabelle Gadoin, Rachel Worth, Oindrilla Ghosh, Anna Burton, and Jeremy Newton.

From Saturday 27th July 2024 until Saturday 3rd August 2024

Screenshot_2019-05-23 Welcome to Dorset County Show
Dorset County Show

For more than 175 years the Dorchester Agricultural Society has celebrated rural life and the agricultural roots of Dorset. Since the first show in 1840 the Dorset County Show has now developed into a 2 day spectacular and a staple of the Dorset events calendar.

Next year's show is 7th and 8th September 2024.

Tiger Day Autumn 2024

Tiger 131 only runs twice a year at Tiger Day - so you can't afford to miss it!

See a WWII tank display and explore the Tank Museum on a day dedicated to the worlds most infamous tank.

Tiger Day is a sell-out event so we recommend booking soon so you don't miss out!

28th September 2024