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Take A Look Around Historic Crown Court

Crown Court (9)

8:30am 7th August 2013

The past meets the present at Dorchester's historic Shire Hall this month.

Visitors are being offered tours of the Grade 1 listed building which contains the Old Crown Court and Cells on Monday's and Thursday's.

At the same time you'll be able to see the latest proposals to turn the Shire Hall into a major heritage attraction.
Leader of West Dorset District Council, Robert Gould said:

"There's now even more reason to visit Shire Hall this summer.

"Visitors can learn about the important events which took place here but they will also have the unique opportunity to share their ideas about how the building should be developed as a heritage attraction."

The building, which was the scene of the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834.

Shire Hall opening times:

Shire Hall will be open 2pm - 4pm on Mondays and Thursdays until Thursday 29 August (excluding Bank Holidays).
Guided tours led by Blue Badge guides will take place on these dates at 2pm 2.45pm and 3.30pm.
Tickets cost £2 per adult and children under 16 go free.
Tickets are available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre.
Heritage Open Days in September

Shire Hall will also be open for special Heritage Open Days in September. The building will be open for free guided tours on 13, 14 and 15 September from 11am - 2pm.
On Sunday 15 September scenes from the play We Will Be Free! will be performed in the courtroom, followed by a question and answer session with the actors.

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