Visiting from July 2020
Our priority is staff and visitor safety, which means we need to operate in a different way with a reduced service, additional cleaning measures and guidelines in place for social distancing.
Opening times for the Dorset History Centre
||9:10am to 4:20pm
||9:10am to 4:20pm
We are only able to offer access to original documents by appointment. Contact us to arrange an appointment and pre-order documents. Please note that we are currently unable to offer access to material on microfilm, microfiche, or public computer.
Where to find us
Dorset History Centre
Getting to us
There are bus services to Dorchester from many parts of the county and Dorchester can be reached via the national coach network.
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Dorchester has two railway stations which run frequent services to Bristol, London, Poole and Bournemouth. Both stations are within 10 to 15 minutes walking distance of Dorset History Centre. Get more journey options and travel information
Dorset History Centre has a secure and dry bicycle storage facility at the front of the building. Please ask at reception for a key.
Limited car parking is available on the paved area at the rear of Dorset History Centre. This includes 3 disabled bays. All money raised is used to support services provided by the History Centre.
Pay and display car park charges for the Dorset History Centre
| Time|| Charge|
| up to 1 hour
| up to 2 hours
| up to 3 hours
| up to 4 hours (no return)
Please speak to a member of staff if you are using Dorset History Centre for longer than 4 hours. Charges apply Monday to Saturday from 8am to 6pm.
The nearest public car park at Top O' Town has both long and short stay parking. The market car park (not available on Wednesdays) is a 10 minute walk from the History Centre. On Saturdays there are plenty of parking spaces available in the car park behind the centre.
See other car parks in Dorchester
A guide to what you will need for your visit and what you can expect when you arrive.
We are working hard to make sure everyone can benefit from our services.
We offer introduction sessions to Dorset History Centre and our resources.