Maumbury RingsDorchester
Weymouth Avenue
Dorset  DT1 1QZ
 
 

This Neolithic Henge is almost within the Roman walls of Dorchester. It is close to Dorchester Market and Dorchester South Railway Station, so very easy to find.

 
The first bank and ditch was erected c.2500 BC. A remarkable feat considering the circle has a diameter of 93 yards (85 metres) and the internal ditch was created by digging a series of closely spaced funnel-shaped pits, 33 feet (10 metres) down.
 
In the 1st century AD the Romans converted the henge into an amphitheatre by lowering the enclosure by 10 feet (3 metres) making it the largest amphitheatre in the country. The excavated material was heaped up on the Neolithic bank.
 
Between 1642 and 1643 the earthwork was turned into a Civil War artillery fort to guard the southern approach to Dorchester. Forty years later it was used as a place of execution for 80 Dorset men involved in the Monmouth Rebellion.
 
Happily, nowadays Maumbury Rings is a public open space and used for open-air concerts, festivals and re-enactments.
 
Plan Your Visit
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:
 
Open
All year
 
Admission
Free
 
Facilities
Information boards
 
Getting There
Maumbury Rings is an easy walk from Dorchester West and Dorchester South rail stations.
 
Google Map - Maumbury Rings