Destination guide

Head to the friendly city of Dorchester

Come and experience Dorchester and its culture, history and museums. Travellers to this welcoming city praise the bars, archaeology and coffee shops. Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Corfe Castle are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. Many of our holiday rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Dorchester

Do you want to find attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Dorchester has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Fantasy Island Fun Park (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Abbotsbury Children's Farm (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Sea Life Park (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Sandworld (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Dorchester

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Dorchester is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Brownsea Island (21.9 mi / 35.2 km)
  • Bournemouth Beach (25.9 mi / 41.8 km)
  • Borough Gardens (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Sculpture by the Lakes (7.5 mi / 12 km)
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Dorchester

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 27.6 mi (44.4 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Dorchester West Station, Dorchester South Station and Maiden Newton Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Dorchester?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 776 holiday lettings near Dorchester. From 452 Cottages to 200 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Dorchester is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Dorchester?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Dorchester. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Dorset Teddy Bear Museum: 1,466 holiday lettings
  • Terracotta Warriors Museum: 1,466 holiday lettings
  • Dorchester South Station: 1,456 holiday lettings
  • Borough Gardens: 1,427 holiday lettings
  • Roman Town House: 1,434 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Dorchester listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Dorchester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 452 Cottages in Dorchester. Our other popular types of Dorchester holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 200 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 452 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 452 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dorchester?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 59 holiday homes with pool available in Dorchester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.