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5 Pope Street-Dorchester-Dorset
0.4 Miles from the centre

Far from the madding crowd, but near to all the delights of Dorset, the Premier Inn Hotel Dorchester puts you in the heart of Thomas Hardy country. In the historic town's new Brewery Square development, you'll have business, leisure and heritage right on your doorstep. You could set sail at Olympic watersports venue Weymouth and Portland. Or hang out with the kings of the swingers at Monkey World. And if it's the right time of year, fire up your engine at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Then retreat to our stylish restaurant, spacious rooms and extra comfy beds. *Please note that there are limited car parking spaces at the hotel, however there is also nearby public car parking. All reservations placed at this hotel are subject to Premier Inn's standard Terms and Conditions, which can be found at

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per night from £52
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16 High West Street
0.3 Miles from the centre

During the week, The Old Ship Inn is a picturesque traditional pub and on Friday and Saturday nights it transforms into a lively venue for karaoke, DJs, and live bands until late into the night. In the very centre of town, Dorchester’s oldest pub offers en-suite rooms, Wi-Fi, and on-street parking nearby. Each room has en suite or private bathroom facilities with shower and complimentary toiletries. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee facilities. The historic county town of Dorset, Dorchester is famous for its connections to Thomas Hardy and has a Roman Town House and Maiden Castle among its attractions. The coastal resort of Weymouth is just 8 miles to the south. Guests can enjoy lunch and evening meals in the pub every day of the week. The Old Ship Inn is host to live music, discos, and karaoke until closing time. Guests party in this noisy town centre pub until 01:00 on Thursdays and 02:00 at weekends.

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per night from £55
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0.4 Miles from the centre
per night from £75
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4 Athelstan Road
0.5 Miles from the centre
per night from £80
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19 Cornwall Road
0.5 Miles from the centre
per night from £85
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32 High West Street
0.3 Miles from the centre
per night from £99
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Great Western Road
0.4 Miles from the centre

A 3-minute walk from Dorchester West Train Station, The Junction is a Marston’s Inn offering bed and breakfast in this historic Dorset town. Stylishly furnished rooms have free Wi-Fi and the ground floor location offers disabled access. Each room has an en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV with Freeview channels, desk, tea and coffee and complementary bottled water. A hearty breakfast is served to guests each morning. The inn serves a wide choice of classic pub food. Sandwiches, salads and light meals are joined by main courses including Wiltshire ham, egg and chips and British beef and Marston’s Ale pie. The market town of Dorchester is well-known as the former home of author Thomas Hardy, and was the inspiration for his novel ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’. The Roman Town House is a local attraction, along with Maiden Castle around 2 miles from the town centre.

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per night from £99
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High Street, West Knighton
3 Miles from the centre

Situated in the peaceful village of West Knighton, New Inn – Dorchester is a former 16th-century coaching inn. It blends original features with modern attributes, such as free WiFi and free on-site parking. A TV with Freeview channels is featured in each room at New Inn, as well as an en suite bathroom and hairdryer. A cooked breakfast is available each morning. Homemade pub food is served in the on-site pub restaurant, and uses locally sourced produce where possible. An extensive snack menu and unique specials board accompany the traditional British meals. There is no Continental breakfast option. The historic market town of Dorchester can be reached in a 10-minute drive and features a variety of shops and a Roman town house. Moreton Tea Rooms are a 15-minute drive away and offer lunches, cakes and cream teas.

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per night from £100
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29 High West Street
0.3 Miles from the centre
per night from £104
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Lower Bockhampton
1.6 Miles from the centre
per night from £105
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30 High E St
0.1 Miles from the centre
per night from £175
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The Sydney Arms Hotel

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11 Bridport Road
0.6 Miles from the centre

Set in the lovely market town of Dorchester in Dorset, the heart of Hardy County, this traditional English pub provides 5 letting rooms finished to a high standard. The Sydney Arms boasts fine food, great wines, real ales and Sky Sports, all within 2 minutes of some of the most picturesque countryside. The hospital is also found nearby. All rooms are en suite and feature a flat-screen TV with built-in Freeview.

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per night from £75
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Hotels in Dorchester

The historic market town of Dorchester has plenty to offer visitors, from historic sights and fascinating museums to excellent restaurants, stunning scenery and bustling markets. We have a great choice of Dorchester hotels available to book on the site, each offering excellent accommodation within easy reach of the town's major attractions.

History and culture

To get a real feel for Dorchester and to learn about the history of the town, a visit to Dorset County Museum is a must. Permanent collections cover everything from archaeology and geology to social history and fine art.

Dorchester's Dinosaur Museum is the only museum in mainland Britain that's dedicated to the prehistoric creatures, while The Tutankhamun Exhibition offers an insight into one of the world's greatest discoveries of ancient treasure. Another fascinating option is the Terracotta Warriors Museum, the only museum outside of China that is dedicated to these incredible statues.

Nearby attractions

Visitors to Dorchester have a fantastic array of attractions to see, with something to appeal to all ages. Youngsters will love The Teddy Bear Museum, along with Fantasy Island Fun Park and Abbotsbury Children's Farm, which are both a few minutes to the south of the town in Weymouth.

Athelhampton House and Gardens to the north-east of Dorchester is a 15th-century manor house where you'll find magnificent works of art and beautiful walled gardens to admire. Just over a mile away is the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, which tells the story of how a group of farm workers in 1834 showed that even ordinary working people could defeat injustice by standing together.

English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, author of Jude the Obscure and Far from the Madding Crowd, was born just a few miles from Dorchester. A statue of the man stands in a prominent position in the town and you can visit Hardy's Cottage, where he was born, in the village of Higher Bockhampton.


With more than 400 shops and businesses in Dorchester, the town is a thriving retail centre with something for everyone. Chain and speciality shops, department stores and independent traders can all be found here. Dorchester market, with its varied and colourful stalls, runs each Wednesday. A car boot sale is held in the town on Sundays.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Dorchester

What are the best hotels to stay in Dorchester?

The Old Ship Inn, Beggar's Knap and Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester are some of the popular hotels in Dorchester.

What is the lowest price for a double room in Dorchester?

The cheapest price for a double room in Dorchester is £51, offered by Premier Inn Dorchester.

What are the best hotels in Dorchester near the center?

If you want to stay near the center of Dorchester, you can consider staying at The King's Arms, The Old Ship Inn and Westwood Guest House.

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