Dorchester has much to offer the visitor. Boasting elegant 18th century houses, broad walks and cultural tradition, still very much the 'Casterbridge' of Thomas Hardy's novels. Enjoy its fascinating history, exciting attractions and great shopping. Visit the Roman Town House, the Dorset County Museum housing a gallery dedicated to the Jurassic Coast, a collection of Thomas Hardy memorabilia and a reconstruction of the author's study at Max Gate, his Dorchester home.
There is a comfort/refreshment stop on the outward journey at Rownham Services.