Dorchester travel guide

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You're Going to Love Dorchester

With a population of 16,879, Dorchester is a must-see destination in England, United Kingdom. Consider staying at least one whole day in Dorchester to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in Dorchester

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Fox Inn (Pound Hill) and Al Molo Dorchester (High W St) are great picks.

When to visit Dorchester

Dorchester in January
Estimated hotel price
£70
1 night at 3-star hotel
Dorchester in January
Estimated hotel price
£70
1 night at 3-star hotel

How to Get to Dorchester

Plane

Although Dorchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Bristol Airport (BRS), which is located 48 miles from Dorchester. Bristol Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from easyJet, British Airways, Loganair and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Dorchester departs from London and takes around 5h.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Dorchester, followed by South Western Railway. The train journey from Dorchester to London takes 1h 55m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Glasgow, expect to pay about £126 for a 7h 28m trip. Located 0.3 miles from the city centre, Dorchester South is the busiest station in Dorchester. Another popular train station is Dorchester West, located 0.0 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dorchester is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 114 miles from Dorchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

National Express operates bus routes to Dorchester. From London, the bus ride to Dorchester takes 136 miles and will cost you around £20. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £31 for a journey of 305 miles.

Plane

Although Dorchester doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Bristol Airport (BRS), which is located 48 miles from Dorchester. Bristol Airport is the most popular, with regular flights from easyJet, British Airways, Loganair and other airlines departing from the United Kingdom. The shortest domestic flight to Dorchester departs from London and takes around 5h.

Train

AccesRail is the most popular train carrier serving Dorchester, followed by South Western Railway. The train journey from Dorchester to London takes 1h 55m and costs around £20 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Glasgow, expect to pay about £126 for a 7h 28m trip. Located 0.3 miles from the city centre, Dorchester South is the busiest station in Dorchester. Another popular train station is Dorchester West, located 0.0 miles from the centre.

Car

Another option to get to Dorchester is to pick up a car hire from London, which is about 114 miles from Dorchester. You’ll find branches of GREEN MOTION and DRIVALIA , among others, in London.

Bus

National Express operates bus routes to Dorchester. From London, the bus ride to Dorchester takes 136 miles and will cost you around £20. From Birmingham, the ticket costs about £31 for a journey of 305 miles.

Airports near Dorchester

Airlines serving Dorchester

KLM
Good (837 reviews)
SWISS
Good (956 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,657 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,564 reviews)
Air France
Good (985 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,411 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (841 reviews)
ITA Airways
Good (741 reviews)
Aer Lingus
Good (735 reviews)
easyJet
Good (1,424 reviews)
Ryanair
Good (3,395 reviews)
GOL
Good (703 reviews)
Vueling
Good (801 reviews)
Virgin Atlantic
Good (490 reviews)
Kenya Airways
Good (163 reviews)
Aegean Airlines
Excellent (502 reviews)
Jet2
Excellent (103 reviews)
Corendon Airlines
Okay (9 reviews)
SunExpress
Good (106 reviews)
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Where to stay in Dorchester

Average rates range from around £114 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to £193 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Dorchester

Most booked hotels in Dorchester

Marley House Bed and Breakfast
3 stars
Excellent (9.3, Excellent reviews)
£137+
Little Court
5 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£97+
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel
5 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
£289+
Bay Tree House
4 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
£84+
Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
3 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£98+
George Albert Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£102+

Hiring a car in Dorchester

Hiring a car in Dorchester costs £46 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Dorchester.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Dorchester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.54. Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Dorchester, while also 61% cheaper than other types, on average.

Hiring a car in Dorchester costs £46 per day, on average.

It’s generally cheaper to hire your vehicle outside the airport: locations in the city are around 3% cheaper than airport locations in Dorchester.

Expect to pay £1.48 per litre in Dorchester (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between £17.65 and £23.54. Economy (Class Economy Car or similar) is the most popular car type to hire in Dorchester, while also 61% cheaper than other types, on average.