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Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum


High West Street

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Shire Hall Dorset

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.50 per ticket
Child£4.50 per ticket
Concession£7.50 per ticket
Family (2 adults, 2 children)£20.00 per ticket

Under 5's free



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Allan S
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      History made interesting.
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 5th January 2019
      You can chose a 'case' for your audio tour, visiting the cells makes you realise how things have changed, the court room is good fun for children (and adults!) To dress as a judge or wear period... Read full review
    • Diane J
      Dorchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Interesting experience
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 8th January 2019
      I visited the court house with a friend who had last been inside when a local group were performing a play- I had never been in. I was impressed with the information provided, there were points of... Read full review
    • dorsettaffy
      Dorchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A glimpse into the historic past
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 16th January 2019
      We were very impressed with the way the old shire hall has been converted into a museum. Visiting the old cells was quite creepy. The large cell in which the "Tolpuddle martyrs" were held together... Read full review


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    • Dorset TourismDorset Tourism Awards Gold 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards Gold 2018 2018

    Map & Directions



    • Gift Shop


    • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Attraction Facilities

    • Shop


    • On-Site café/restaurant

    Establishment Features

    • Cater for groups
    • Event venue
    • Shop
    • Toilets

    Key Features

    • Indoor Attraction

    Parking & Transport

    • Car parking - Nearby public town centre car parks Blue Badge parking in the nearest public car park (Colliton Park car park ) Limited Blue Badge parking at the museum, by arrangement only (01305 261849)
    • On Bus Route

    Payment Methods

    • All major credit cards accepted
    • Delta accepted
    • Maestro accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Solo accepted
    • Special group rates

    Specialist Features

    • Family Fun
    • Marketed towards children
    • Marketed towards families
    • Marketed towards senior citizens
    • Marketed towards student/youth

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    * Daily 10.00-17.00 (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve)

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