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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Dorchester-on-Thames

6,000 years of history

Get to see Dorchester-on-Thames in a new light

Perhaps not as well known as the larger Dorchester in Dorset, but Dorchester-on-Thames manages to pack a lot into a small area.  It is not even a town, it is a village, with a population of less than 1,000.

With a history going back 6,000 years to Neolithic times, the Romans were here and it was a very important Saxon settlement.  The Medieval Abbey church still remains as do former coaching inns.

And a trip to Dorchester would not be complete without a visit to Lettice’s tea room, run by volunteers.

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Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose your distance, time or type of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
Television detectives, Barnaby and Poirot
75 minutes (1 mile, 1.5 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
Dorchester's history and architecture
90 minutes (1.5 miles, 2 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
Dorchester in depth
Half day, up to 4 hours (3 to 4 miles)
Medium - average level of fitness

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Learn about Dorchester's famous past

One walk option takes in as much of the village’s history as we can manage.

Alternatively, if you are a fan of TV detectives, this is the location to come.  We will show you where many episodes of Midsomer Murders have been filmed and tell you the plots of Barnaby’s cases there.  As a bonus, an episode of Inspector Poirot also makes an appearance.

In half a day we can do both of those, and either walk to the river or visit the fascinating little museum.

These are some of the sights of Dorchester:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Visit Thames

Sam Evans

Humphreys of Henley

Graham is one of our clients’ favourite guides! They tell us that he is not only informative, but fun and entertaining, bringing the stunning destinations across southern England to life. We love to introduce Graham to our clients because he finds out about them and makes the whole experience truly personal

British visitor

Brit Movie Tours

The guide really knows his stuff. Very entertaining, very knowledgeable.

Andrew Lannerd

Transcendent Travel

For the past few years, Graham and the team at Tours 2 order have offered my clients a friendly, behind-the-scenes look at a variety of locations. I cannot recommend them enough for their professionalism, knowledge and approach, which is always well-received by my guests.

HF Holidays guest

Don’t think he could improve! Excellent in all respects.

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