Whilst in Dorchester, a visit to any or all of the following would be well worth your while:
Teddy Bear Museum: Teddy bears from the beginning of the 20th century including Rupert Bear, Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear.
Terracotta Warriors Museum: The only museum outside China to be dedicated to the Terracotta warriors.
Tutankhamun Exhibition: Experience the treasures of ancient Egypt and Tutankhamun
Dinosaur Museum: The only museum on the British mainland to be devoted solely to dinosaurs.
Dorchester’s most famous son is arguably Thomas Hardy, who was born in 1840 in Higher Bockhampton, a small village just outside Dorchester. He went to a local school in the town and later worked for a local architect at 39 South Street, Dorchester before moving to London in 1861. On his return to Dorchester, he designed his own house, Max Gate, built by his brother on the edge of town in 1885.
Just to the south of Dorchester is Maiden Castle, the largest hillfort in England. It was first occupied around 3000 BC, and contains a complex arrangement of ramparts and ditches. Maiden comes from the Celtic ‘Mai Dun’, meaning ‘great hill’, and great hill it certainly is, visible today with the huge earth walls rising up to 6 metres high.