Hotels in Dorchester

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About Dorchester

How can I find hotels in Dorchester?

If you're looking for an English destination that's within easy reach of sandy beaches, hosts some sublime gourmet restaurants, and offers centuries and centuries of fascinating history, Dorchester is the place to head. Located in Dorset, Dorchester has been around since before the Romans landed (when became known as Durnovaria). These days, visitors can tour Roman town houses and see fragments of theatres, city walls or temples. But that's just a taster of what you'll find here. From the homes of legendary novelists to teddy bear museums, there's plenty going on for holidaymakers to enjoy. And if you need a great hotel Dorchester doesn't disappoint, either. Just use the Opodo search engine to locate hotel deals across the city and the surrounding region. With our filters, tracking down family or pet-friendly hotels, luxury spa specialists or secluded retreats for couples should be child's play.

What must I see in Dorchester?

Dorchester is a relatively small city by any standard, but there's a lot to see within the urban district. The Roman Town House and ruins at Maumbury Rings are a great starting point (or you can go even further back in time at nearby Maiden Castle - a mysterious Iron Age earthwork). Literature fans should schedule visits to Thomas Hardy's childhood cottage, followed up by his family home at Max Gate - where he crafted masterpieces like Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. The Dorset County Music Groups in the town centre provide a great introduction to Dorchester's incredibly rich past, while The Keep is a surprisingly comprehensive military museum. And a visit to Shire Hall Courthouse is essential as well, where you can learn about the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in the 1830s, and the birth of the trade union movement. However, when you stay at even the cheap hotels in Dorchester, the whole of Dorset is within easy reach. It's easy to reach the dramatic scenery of Portland Bill and the seaside attractions of Weymouth or Swanage from almost anywhere in Dorchester. Country homes like Athelhampton House or Kingston Maurward are close by, as are beaches that rank among the finest in the UK. From Studland to Bournemouth, if you want to relax by the sea, Dorchester offers plenty of opportunities.

Where to stay in Dorchester?

When hunting for the perfect hotel Dorchester offers a few potential neighbourhoods, but most people gravitate towards the centre of town. The town centre hosts most of the main museums, is studded with atmospheric gastropubs, and is also home to Maumbury Rings, the nucleus of the Roman settlement. Dorchester Station is an appealing place to seek out hotel deals. To the west, Poundbury has its own attractions. Laid out as a heritage village in the 1980s with the assistance of Prince Charles, it's unlike any other suburb in the UK. And being on the outskirts, it also offers excellent access to the Dorset countryside. Just north-east of the centre, Fordington is a good choice for families looking for a hotel in Dorchester - not just thanks to the Teddy Bear Museum. The snaking River Frome is a wonderful walking and picnic spot, and the centre of town is 10 minutes away on foot. If you're keen to walk around Maiden Castle, southern Dorchester will make more sense. Villages like Winterborne Monkton or Herringston could be ideal, mixing natural beauty, old-world charm, and access to the town centre. In any case, browse the options on Opodo and book a hotel today. You're sure to find the ideal accommodation in no time.