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Dorset History Centre closure

From Tuesday 5 January 2021 we will be closed to the public. To receive the latest updates about our work please sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter - @DorsetArchives

Where to find Dorset History Centre

Dorset History Centre
Bridport Road
Dorchester
Dorset, 
DT1 1RP

Getting to us

Bus

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

Train

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

Bicycle

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


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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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