Recently voted one of the best places to live in the UK – and also a very popular retirement destination – we do a lot of removals in Dorchester and it is one of our favourite places to work in too. The county town of Dorset, it is very easy to see why this charming place is so popular with locals, newcomers – and movers – alike.

Dorchester is surrounded with interesting things to see and do, like the stunning Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site at Lyme Regis or the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas with it’s ancient chalk giant carved into the hillside, if you are new to Dorset you’ll soon discover why Dorchester is so popular. There are also lots of attractions in the town itself, including the Dorset County Museum and writer Thomas Hardy’s house at Max Gate.

Many of Thomas Hardys’ works have been adapted for film or television and shot on location in this area, which like the ‘Poldark effect’ in Cornwall, has brought many visitors to the town – including TV producers looking for stunning locations. If you’re thinking of moving to West Dorset and want to see what it is like here then watch the 2010 film Tamara Drewe starring Gemma Arterton, and the TV adaptations of Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) and The Mayor of Casterbridge (2003), both adapted from novels by Hardy. All of these feature stunning local scenery. One of the first blockbusters to be filmed locally was the French Lieutenant’s Woman starring Meryl Streep, which was filmed in and around the stunning coastal town of Lyme Regis.

Local services

One of the main things people ask us if they are retiring to Dorchester is what the local facilities and transport links are like. There is a big hospital in Dorchester: Dorset County and several other local hospitals including Yeatman Community Hospital in Sherborne and Bridport Community Hospital in Bridport.

Transport links

There are two train stations in Dorchester – the main station, Dorchester South, can get you to London Waterloo in just over two and a half hours – and Dorchester West offers routes to other destinations via Bristol and Bath. There are no motorways near the town and it is about an hour from the nearest one, the M5 at Taunton. The main roads in and out of Dorchester are the A31 and A35 which can get quite busy in the summer as people flock to the coast.

House prices

According to Rightmove, the average price for a terraced house in Dorchester last year was around £293,100. Most of the houses sold were terraced properties. Flats sold for an average price of £191,400 and semi-detached properties went for around £345,200.

With an overall average price of £294,575 Dorchester was cheaper than nearby Poundbury (£384,050), Puddletown (£323,050) and Preston (£332,125).

During the last year, sold prices in Dorchester were down by 3% on the previous year but up by 4% from 2016 when the average house price was around £283,225.

If you’re thinking of renting in Dorchester then one bedroom properties start at about £510 per calendar month, rising to around £925 for a three bed property.

Removals in Dorchester

If all this info has helped you make up your mind about moving and you’re looking for removals in Dorchester, get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you’re thinking of retiring to Dorchester and planning on downsizing we also have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport and we can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.