The Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum

Visit Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum for a fun day out for all the family. Following a big refurbishment, the Shire Hall brings over 200 years of justice and injustice to life. Walk in the footsteps of people whose lives were forever changed in the historic court at Dorchester’s Shire Hall. Explore the cells and find out what it was like to be held prisoner at Dorchester’s Shire Hall. Discover the stories of children and adults who were tried here. You can be the tour guide for your family, and even become a journalist for one of our trials. Collect all the tokens on our trail to win a prize.Explore the digital interactives, quizzes and games, try on the hats, wigs and magistrates’ gowns, and discover many more surprises when you come!


01305 261849


Venue address
58 High West Street
West Dorset

Other information

All year
Term Time
School Holidays
Cost variations
Adults: £9.50, Child: £5.00, Family: £20, Student: £5. Under 5s: free. Ticket price includes annual pass with free returns for a year.
Additional Information

There are lots of fun family activities and events throughout the year. Check the events page for details. Open 10am to 5pm daily, gift shop and cafe on site, children’s meals and high chairs are available. You are welcome to breastfeed anywhere; quieter spaces are available if you prefer privacy. Buggy parking available. Free wifi is available in the Café. Log onto SH Visitor. Visit website for further information.


Wheelchair accessible
Shire Hall is accessible to most wheelchair users. The Grade I listing of this historic building does mean there are some narrow doorways.
Toilet facility information
Changing facilities are available in the accessible toilet on the ground floor.
Other Facilities
Assistance dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs, large print paper and digital guides, audio loops and a full access guide to the Museum are available. All disabled visitors are entitled to a free companion ticket to support their visit. Please ask at reception.

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Address: 58 High West Street  Dorchester  Dorset