Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dorchester

Dorset County Museum

The Thomas Hardy collection here is the world's largest, offering extraordinary insights into his creative process. You can see from text in Hardy's cramped handwriting where he's crossed out one word and substitute…
Archaeological Site in Dorchester

Maiden Castle

Occupying a massive slab of horizon on the southern fringes of Dorchester, Maiden Castle is the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort in Britain. The first defences were built on the site around 500 BC – in it…
Historic Building in Dorchester

Max Gate

Novelist Thomas Hardy was a trained architect and designed this attractive house, where he lived from 1885 until his death in 1928. Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure were both written here, and the hous…
Historic Building in Dorchester

Roman Town House

The knee-high flint walls and beautifully preserved mosaics here powerfully conjure up the Roman occupation of Dorchester (then Durnovaria). Peek into the summer dining room to see the underfloor heating system (hyp…
Historic Building in Dorchester

Hardy's Cottage

This picturesque cob-and-thatch house is the birthplace of writer Thomas Hardy. It features evocative, sparsely furnished rooms and a lush garden. It's in Higher Bockhampton, 3 miles northeast of Dorchester.
Landmark in Dorchester

Lucetta's House

A grand Georgian house with ornate doorposts that's identified as a possible inspiration for Thomas Hardy when he was imagining a home for the character Lucetta Templeman in the Mayor Of Casterbridge, a town synonym…
Landmark in Dorchester

Mayor Of Casterbridge's House

A red-brick, mid-18th-century building (now a Barclays bank) that's named as the inspiration for the home of Thomas Hardy's mayor of Casterbridge, in his book of the same name.