Between Poole and Bridport is delightful Dorchester. A market town first settled in prehistoric times, it runs alongside the picturesque River Frome and is home to more than 19,000 residents.

Those visiting the area are nearly always taken aback by the sheer number of landmarks and tourist attractions that have so come to define this region. Indeed, there is no shortage of things to do…

The Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum is one of many documenting Dorchester’s storied past. The curious can witness first-hand where death sentences were passed for the most heinous crimes and enjoy interactive elements that recreate such verdicts.

Just as fascinating is the Keep Military Museum, one honouring the sacrifices made by soldiers as far back as the 1700s. The Keep's roof boasts stunning panoramic views of this bustling town.

Elsewhere Athelhampton House and Gardens represents one of England’s finest Tudor manor homes, a residence decorated with antique furnishings and arts that leave a lasting impression. The Walled Garden meanwhile is a three-acre landscaped attraction that opened to the public in 2013. With stunning plants at every turn, it presents a leisurely stroll with a difference.



Homage is paid to Dorchester’s most famous son, Thomas Hardy, in the restoration of his childhood home (or rather cottage) along with the nearby Hardy’s Statue – not to be confused with the Hardy Monument (to Vice-Admiral Hardy at Black Down, Portesham).

Teddy bears are also big business in Dorchester, best demonstrated by the magical Dorset Teddy Bear Museum. Stuffed toys some 100+ years old sit side-by-side with familiar names such as Winnie the Pooh and Rupert – a treat for the whole family.

Across town wine connoisseurs are catered for courtesy of the Langham Estate Vineyard. Based just on the outskirts of Dorchester, it encompasses both tours and tasting rooms, making for a day well spent.

Dorchester Festival is held every two years, attracting more than 3,000 people in a vibrant celebration of art and culture. Expect to see everything from Shakespeare dramatisations to Mad Hatter tea parties across a week of fun-filled activities.

Dorchester also boasts a fine array of shops and restaurants, not to mention two cinemas and the Dorchester South rail station – providing easy access to Weymouth beach and the much-coveted Jurassic coast.

Signature House is set within the Brewery Square development in Dorchester.

Opened in 2012, it is one of Amica Care Trust's newest homes and specialises in caring for those who are physically frail or suffering from dementia.

This state-of-the-art building has 48 beds. All the rooms are fully furnished and fitted with flat screen televisions.

Our meals are freshly prepared and enjoyed in a dining room overlooking beautiful, landscaped gardens.

To learn more about Signature House click here.