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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
KatrienS955
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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 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 period, who added an extra entrance/exit. Although now overgrown with grass, one cas still spot hints of the lines of seats. During the civil war the site was yet again used, now as a fort against the royalist troops. However, it never saw battle, as the town surrendered before there could be any battle. Now a lovely green area, very quiet, where one can wander around. There are some information panels on site detailing the history.

Date of experience: July 2018
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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 worth 30 minutes of your time. No sign of the marijuana smoking teenagers, pity, I could have done with a toke.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.

Date of experience: March 2018
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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 keep the rain off? It's a circular oval shape with an entrance at each end, from overhead it would look like a coffee bean. A beautiful place to be with plenty of useful information boards - and located right next to the main car park in the centre of town. You can't miss it.

Date of experience: February 2018
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