Discover, Visit & Explore Dorset

Visit West Dorset’s harbours and historic market towns
The historic market town of Bridport is renowned for its rope making industry and Palmers Brewery. Come and explore Bridport and its twice weekly street markets.

There’s a thriving Arts Scene, galleries to browse, Arts Centre, the Electric Palace vintage theatre and the re-developed Bridport Museum with its local history read more.

Ancient Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and in the heart of Dickens’ country! The famous novelist Charles Dickens lived in Dorchester and was born nearby.

Dorchester goes back to prehistoric times and long before the Romans arrived, its perhaps more well known when occupied by the Romans. At the top of town are remains and mosaics of a Roman Town House read more.

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The Keep Military Museum and memorial to the Dorset Martyrs

Explore Lyme Regis with the fine golden sandy beach and pleasant promenade offering an outstanding view along the Jurassic coastline.

The historic harbour, the Cobb possibly dating back to late 13th/early 14 Century is Grade I listed and have many and varied boats moored in the harbour read more.

Weymouth has a long Georgian era esplanade with a long sandy beach with many popular family visitor attractions to enjoy.

With theatres, gardens, markets, a bustling shopping centre and the SeaLife Adventure Park and the popular Jurassic Skyline read more.

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Weymouth harbour view from the road bridge

In the beautiful town of Sherborne, there’s two castles to explore. The new one of Sherborne Castle with its substantial and pleasant grounds is a great day out, and the older Castle to visit is owned by English Heritage.

Sherborne Abbey, founded by St. Aldhelm in AD705, has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community.

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The ancient Abbey at Sherborne!

Dorset history and facts at a glance

  • Bridport’s world-renowned rope and net making industry dates back more than 700 years to before King John and the Middle Ages
  • Palmers Brewery in Bridport has been brewing since 1794
  • In 1651 King Charles II escaped capture in Lee Lane, Bridport
  • Follow in the footsteps of the Neolithic period on the The Ridgway causeway
  • Abbotsbury Swannery, established by Benedectine monks has been there since the 1040s where the monastery was also built, later destroyed during the dissolution in 1539
  • Dorchester was founded by the Romans in approx 60 AD, but was inhabited for 1,000s of years before the Romans arrived