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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:

    • Fiona E
      Poole, England, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      A little gem in the heart of Dorchester
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 3rd November 2018
      We visited Shire Hall during half term and the kids had a whale of a time in the cells and courthouse. I would have liked to have read all the signs about the history but the children were just too... Read full review
    • edjcapp
      Dorchester, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Step Back in Time
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 6th November 2018
      A very interesting worthwhile visit to County Town Court of yesteryear and a place with a diverse history. Explore the cells and walk the route the ‘accused ‘ took into their box in court. Sit in the... Read full review
    • Paul H
      Trip Type:
      First visit to this attraction. on a wet day.
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th November 2018
      We did not know this museum existed until we walked up the main street on a wet day. However, what an experience we had taking us back in time. The big bonus was that it was all local history.We... Read full review


    • Regional and MiscellaneousDorset Tourism Awards Silver 2018 Dorset Tourism Awards Silver 2018 2018
    • Regional and MiscellaneousDorset 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)


    Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

    Wreath Making
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    Wednesday, 5th December 2018 - Wednesday, 5th December 2018

    Family Film Club: Arthur Christmas
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    Thursday, 6th December 2018 - Sunday, 23rd December 2018

    Visit Judge Santa
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    Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

    Carols in the Courtroom
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    Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

    Jewellery Making Workshop
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    Wednesday, 12th December 2018 - Wednesday, 12th December 2018

    Family Film Club: Polar Express
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    Saturday, 8th December 2018 - Saturday, 8th December 2018

    Concert – Purbeck Village Quire
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    Saturday, 15th December 2018 - Saturday, 15th December 2018

    Crossways Handbell Ringers
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    Thursday, 13th December 2018 - Thursday, 13th December 2018

    Christmas in the Courtroom
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    Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Saturday, 1st December 2018

    Wreath Making
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    Saturday, 1st December 2018 - Sunday, 23rd December 2018

    Christmas Afternoon Tea
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