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The historic hot spots of Dorchester

The historic hot spots of Dorchester

Situated on the banks of the River Frome, Dorchester is one of Britain’s most picturesque market towns; featuring cobbled streets, historic architecture and sites of abundant natural beauty. Aside from Dorchester’s visual delights, the town also has an incredibly rich history, and sites erected during the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman occupation and even the Neolithic era can still be viewed today. Here is a list of some of the town’s most exquisite historic hot spots, perfect for those looking take a trip back in time and gain some insights into the cultural traditions of our ancestors. Maumbury Rings Maumbury Rings is arguably Dorchester’s most famous site, and it was originally the location for a vast Neolithic monument. However, during the Roman occupation of Dorchester (approximately 100 AD), the site was transformed into an amphitheatre, used to host vast spectacles and entertain up to 10,000 people at once! During the 17th century, the site was transformed once again to become an artillery fort during the English Civil War. In the modern day, the site which was once used for gladiatorial games and public executions is now a popular spot for live bands and other festivities. Located only a few minutes away from the centre of town, Maumbury Rings is a must-visit if you are discovering Dorchester, particularly during the summer months. The Victorian Borough Gardens When exploring Dorchester, the Victorian Borough Gardens is an excellent place to catch a bite to eat, whether you’re bringing your own packed lunch or eating at the site’s popular refreshment kiosk. The site is also home to a stone obelisk, erected in 1899...