Destination guide

Head to the friendly city of Dorchester

Come and experience Dorchester and its culture, history and museums. Travelers to this welcoming city praise the bars, archaeology and coffeehouses. Monkey World Ape Rescue Center and Corfe Castle are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Dorchester

Do you want to find attractions to see during your stay? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and check out everything that Dorchester has to offer. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Monkey World Ape Rescue Center (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Fantasy Island Fun Park (8.5 mi / 13.7 km)
  • Abbotsbury Children's Farm (8.8 mi / 14.1 km)
  • Pirate Adventure Mini Golf (9.1 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Sea Life Park (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
  • Sandworld (9.1 mi / 14.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Dorchester

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Dorchester is a great spot to appreciate mother nature. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Brownsea Island (21.9 mi / 35.2 km)
  • Bournemouth Beach (25.9 mi / 41.8 km)
  • Borough Gardens (3.3 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Sculpture by the Lakes (7.5 mi / 12 km)
  • Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
  • Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens (9.4 mi / 15.1 km)
How to get there

Transportation options to and around Dorchester

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 27.6 mi (44.4 km) from the city center.

If you prefer to travel by train, Dorchester West Station, Dorchester South Station and Maiden Newton Station are the main stations that serve the city.

Where to stay around Dorchester?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 764 vacation rentals near Dorchester. From 455 Cottages to 183 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dorchester for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Dorchester?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Dorchester. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Maumbury Rings: 1,553 vacation rentals
  • Dorchester South Station: 1,564 vacation rentals
  • Terracotta Warriors Museum: 1,582 vacation rentals
  • Dinosaur Museum: 1,572 vacation rentals
  • Dorset Teddy Bear Museum: 1,572 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dorchester listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Dorchester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 455 Cottages in Dorchester. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Dorchester include:

  • Houses: 183 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 455 rentals available
  • Cabins: 455 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Barns and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Dorchester?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 57 vacation rentals with pool available in Dorchester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.