Dorchester, the county town of Dorset sits on the banks of the River Frome and the between the towns Bridport and Weymouth. Dorchester is an historic market town and there are guided walks that will take visitors past the Roman remains of a town wall and ampitheatre and on to Dorchester Abbey.
Dorchester is probably best known for being the home and birthplace of the nineteenth century novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy. While he lived in Dorchester Hardy wrote his famous book ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, but many people remember him for ‘Tess of the Durbervilles’ and his presentation of Dorchester as the town of Casterbridge.
Visitors to Dorset can visit the place where he lived until he was thirty four years old.
The town of Dorchester has a long history, and since 1305 has been the county town of Dorset. Archeological findings suggest that Dorchester appears to have had a variety of inhabitants that date back four thousand years BCE.