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Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Shire Hall Dorset courtroom
Shire Hall Dorset courtroom
Shire Hall jail rooms
Map of Dorchester and surrounding area
Outside Shire Hall in Dorchester
Shire Hall courthouse
Shire Hall Dorset courtroomShire Hall jail roomsMap of Dorchester and surrounding areaOutside Shire Hall in DorchesterShire Hall courthouse

You cannot pigeon-hole the experience of visiting Shire Hall!

01305 261849

Daily, 10am – 4pm. Please check the website for further details.

High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1UY.

Forget everything you think you know about museums! Here, history is brought to life through hidden trails, interactive and much more.

Enjoy homemade lunch or cake in the café, and browse the lovely, quirky gift shop. Visiting here will surprise and delight you!

£1 off per adult and £4 off a family ticket.
Valid for the 2020 season.

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Upcoming events


18jan - 5aprAll DayWessex Women

17feb - 21All DayFebruary Half-term Pirates

18feb3:30 pm- 5:00 pmFamily Film Night - Pirates of the Caribbean (12)

20feb3:30 pm- 5:00 pmFamily Flim Night - Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists! (U)

29feb10:00 am- 4:00 pmJewellery making workshop with Caroline Parrott


18jan - 5aprAll DayWessex Women

13mar7:00 pm- 9:00 pmPiratical Rum Night at Shire Hall

22mar10:00 am- 4:00 pmMother's Day Afternoon Tea at Shire Hall


18jan - 5aprAll DayWessex Women

26apr1:00 pm- 2:00 pmTeas and Talks - For the Benefit of Example at Shire Hall


26jun1:00 pm- 2:00 pmTeas and Talks - Whispers and Cries at Shire Hall


26jul1:00 pm- 1:00 pmTeas and Talks - Dorset Buttons at Shire Hall

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