Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorset

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum in Dorset

ᵃᵈ  Stand in the dock, get held in the cells, and find out about the people who were brought to justice…or not in some cases!

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum covers 200 years of local crime and serious legal drama from the Tolpuddle Martyrs to the 1856 domestic abuse case that inspired Thomas Hardy to write ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’. Well, we are in Thomas Hardy country after all!

Dorchester’s Shire Hall is worth visiting to discover the trials and tribulations of Dorset’s past, for a slice of cake (or more!) at the incredible cafe and for its interesting programme of upcoming events.

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