The Dinosaur Museum is in the middle of Dorchester – gateway to Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast – which positively encourages children to touch a Tyrannosaurus Rex thanks to its commitment to hands-on learning and entertainment.
The charming Teddy Bear Museum, with over 100 years of teddy bears from all over the world, delights all ages. Get a Gold Saver Pass and you can take in both the dinosaurs and teddy bears, and visit three other small museums for no extra charge:
But no visit to Dorchester would be complete without Thomas Hardy. The Dorset County Museum (currently closed for a two-year rebuilding project) will offer a recreation of his study, an intriguing story of his life and work and the world’s biggest Hardy archive. But you can still book yourself on a Hardy walking tour taking in the famous ‘Casterbridge’ landmarks, or visit the properties maintained by The National Trust. Max Gate is the atmospheric Victorian home designed by Hardy and, a few miles away, Hardy’s Cottage preserves the celebrated author’s birthplace.