Things to do
Dorchester is Dorset’s county town and is ideally situated for exploring Dorset’s World Heritage Coast and the beautiful countryside. Dorchester has many links with history, ranging from the iron age through to more modern history as can be seen in the Dorset County Museum. The museum often puts on special events during the holidays and Dippy the Diplodocus is on tour and is visiting the museum from Saturday 10th February 2018 until Monday 7th May 2018. Dorchester was also the home town of Thomas Hardy and his homes ‘Max Gate’ and Hardy's Cottage are open to the public. There are many other attractions including the Tutankhamen Exhibition, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Maiden Castle (ancient iron age hillfort), Dorchester’s Roman town house, the Military Museum, and the Teddy Bear Museum which is a must for teddy lovers!
Brewery Square is the development of the old Eldridge Pope Brewery and is now the site of some well-known restaurants chains including Zizzi, Carluccio's and Wagamama's. There is also Vivo Lounge and The Brewhouse and Kitchen pub, which brews its own, and supplies some of the more unusual beers. There is a small selection of shops which face onto the dancing fountains. Great for cooling off on a hot day or evening! Shopping in Dorchester is varied, with many individual shops in both the main shopping street and the arcades and walkways. Our Town Crier can be seen (and heard!) about town, and along with other guides, offers a range of walking tours.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Within walking distance, as well as the chains mentioned in Brewery Square, are a variety of good independent restaurants, cosy pubs and homely tea rooms to choose from. We try and sample as many restaurants as we can - obviously all in the name of research for our guests! - and we will happily recommend our favourites.
There are many other family attractions to visit in the area – details of current offers and special events are updated in our information folder in the dining room.
Once you are here, you could park the car and not have to get in it again until you go home, as Bramlies is within 2 minutes’ walk from the bus stop for the X51 bus route which links you through to Axminster. From Weymouth, you can catch the X53 which is the bus that takes you from Weymouth all along the Jurassic coast to Lyme Regis. You are able to hop on and off at the pretty villages along the way. We also have two railway stations within walking distance; Dorchester South and Dorchester West.
Monkey World (as seen on TV) and Bovington Tank Museum are both about 20 minutes’ drive away.
Weymouth is our closest seaside town, situated only 8 miles away. With its beautiful sandy bay and safe bathing for children it is an ideal place to spend a sunny day. You will also find the Sea Life Centre, the Sea Life Tower and other family attractions to occupy you even if the weather isn't at its best! The frequent No 10 bus avoids a hunt for a car park space, alternatively use the Park and Ride.
Villages like Cerne Abbas, with the famous Giant carved into the hill and its Abbey, pubs and coffee shops and Milton Abbas with its Abbey and school are among the many pretty places to visit in and around Dorset. Also, Abbotsbury with the famous swannery and sub-tropical gardens is only 15-20 minutes’ drive away on the coastal route to West Bay (where Broadchurch was filmed) and Bridport.
If you like walking you will be spoilt for choice, being close to both coastal and countryside walks.