Dorchester (/ ˈ d ɔːr tʃ ɛ s t ər / DOR-ches-tər) is the county town of Dorset, England. It is situated between Poole and Bridport on the A35 trunk route. An historic market town , Dorchester is on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth ...
- 19,060 (2011)
- West Dorset
Dorchester is not only Dorset’s county town but also the birthplace of famous author and poet Thomas Hardy. The town enjoys a rich history dating back as far as the Iron Age and is home to the Roman Town House, the finest example of its kind in Britain.
Dorchester is a vibrant town for sightseeing and shopping but also a fantastic centre for visiting the area! Visit Dorchester’s museums and shops, walk the walks, drink great coffee, eat great food and take trips to the Jurassic coast.
Dorchester on Thames (or Dorchester-on-Thames) is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, about 3 miles (5 km) northwest of Wallingford and 8 miles (13 km) southeast of Oxford. The town is a few hundred yards from the confluence of the River Thames and River Thame. A common practice of the scholars at Oxford was to refer to the river Thames ...
- 4.18 km² (1.61 sq mi)
- South Oxfordshire
- 992 (2001 census)
Dorchester, town (parish), West Dorset district, administrative and historic county of Dorset, southwestern England, on the River Frome. Dorchester is the county town (seat) of Dorset. The ancient town (then known as Durnovaria) was a sizable Roman British centre, and many remains of the period (including mosaics and ruined villas) have been found.
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