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Opening hours

Opening times for the Dorset History Centre
DayOpening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9am to 5pm 
Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 5pm

Saturdays (every 1st and 3rd):
5 October
19 October

9am to 4:30pm
Sunday Closed

Requests to view original documents from the repository can be made, and retrieval usually takes around 10 to 15 minutes. Documents are not produced after 4.30pm on weekdays.

Saturday opening dates for the next 6 months

Dorset History Centre Saturday opening dates for the next 6 months
MonthDates we are open
October 2019 5 October
19 October
November 2019 2 November
We will be closed on: 16 November
December 2019 7 December
21 December
January 2020 4 January
18 January
February 2020 1 February
15 February
March 2020 7 March
21 March

Saturday visits

Contact us to pre-order any original documents you would like to view 48 hours in advance of your visit. Further documents may be ordered on the day but retrieval times may vary. Document production will cease between 12noon and 1:30pm. Last requests for documents will be taken at 3:45pm.

Where to find us

Dorset History Centre
Bridport Road

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.
Search for a bus stop, timetables and departures for Dorset History Centre


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.

Car parking

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  70p
 up to 2 hours  £1
 up to 3 hours  £2
 up to 4 hours (no return)  £3

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

Viewing Hutchins in the searchroom

Planning your visit

A guide to what you will need for your visit and what you can expect when you arrive.

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Enhanced access

We are working hard to make sure everyone can benefit from our services.

East Dorset Heritage Trust visit to Dorset History Centre

Community group visits

We offer introduction sessions to Dorset History Centre and our resources.


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