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This panorama was taken outside St. Peter's Church in the center of the old town of Dorchester on the junction of High West Street and South Street. You can see the old stone buildings typical of may of the old market towns in Dorset. South Street has been pedestrianised and turned into a market road, and this picture shows a few of the market stalls. A little further up the hill, just past the church, is the Dorchester Museum. This panoramic image was taken during a very wet July in 2007, when much of the time was spent dodging rain clouds. I am sure it would have looked much more picturesque with a bright blue sky, but it was not to be.


Dorchester - Dorchester visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dorchester' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.

Dorchester is an old market town and the County Town of Dorset in England. The history of Dorchester dates back to prehistoric times with Iron Age settlements around Maiden Castle. When the Romans conquered Britain they named the town 'Durnovaria' and built a walled town, remains of which can still be seen today. The town contains some Medieval buildings as well as Georgian buildings made of Portland limestone.

Today Dorchester is a popular tourist attraction, with a regular Dorchester Market, the Dorset County Museum and The Keep Military Museum. Within the town center are both St Peter's Church and Holy Trinity Church. Other local places of interest include Maumbury Rings, Maiden Castle and the Hardy Monument.


Dorchester lies at the heart of west Dorset on the A35. The A35 runs from (24 miles) to Dorchester then then continues west towards Bridport (16 miles) and Lyme Regis (26 miles). Dorchester is linked to Weymouth and Portland (about 9 miles) to the south by the A354, to Yeovil (about 20 miles) in the north by the A37 and also to Sherborne (20 miles) by the A352.

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