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From hill fort to amphitheatre and civil war fort

This site, close to the station and near the centre of Dorchester, has quite a history behind it... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Katrien S
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Ghent, Belgium
Magnificent piece of history

This is a wonderful piece of history that should be better known. The ancient ring has been used... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2018
paulc19642017
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plenty of information on boards so you can visualise how this monument would have been used in the past. Not too much to see so an hour at the most would cover everthing.

Thank 1951Ant
Reviewed 11 August 2018

A 2min walk from Brewery Square, these are the remains of an Iron Age henge monument later converted by the Romans into an amphitheater and much later still fortified during the English Civil War. There are a few interpretation panels explaining history of site. Well...More

Thank Anarchon
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Had driven past on several occasions without realising what was there. A large ring that has been used for various entertainments over the centuries and is stiill used now for events. Several displays help to explain its history.

Thank KatyP835
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This site, close to the station and near the centre of Dorchester, has quite a history behind it. Originally build as an hill fort, rather smaller than Maiden Castle about 1.5 miles further out of town, it was converted into an amphitheatre during the Roman...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This is a wonderful piece of history that should be better known. The ancient ring has been used for many things over the years, Roman amphitheater, Civil War fort, public execution space. Has some new, and quite good information panels, and, it is free. Definitely...More

Thank paulc19642017
Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

A magnificent monument left behind by the ancients albeit altered somewhat by the Romans...A lovely place to sit on a sunny day.Dog friendly.

Thank Bob B
Reviewed 21 March 2018

A peaceful and relaxing atmosphere and great place to unwind and feel close to nature and our ancestors. Has a spiritual feel to it and very good for the soul.

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Despite visiting on the wettest day in Dorchester's history, this is a magnificently historic, fascinating and genuinely impressive earthwork monument. Originally Iron Age (they guess) then later converted into a Roman amphitheatre for games to entertain the public. I wonder if they had stands to...More

Thank C783356
Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

Maumbury Rings hosts many events, especially in the Summer months, & there is always a great atmosphere there. The information boards provide interesting details about the history of the rings. It’s a good place for children to run or to walk dogs, & it is...More

Thank Hayley D
Reviewed 31 December 2017

The Maumbury Rings wouldn’t be at all interesting if it were not for the information notices around. The provided fascinating facts and theories as to the various uses of the area over the centuries. It was a good area to exercise the dog off lead...More

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