Dorchester is a town in the southwestern English county of Dorset. It belongs to the district of West Dorset and is the administrative center of the county. Dorchester lies on the River Frome 35 km west of Poole and 8 km north of Weymouth. The city has 16,171 inhabitants (2002); 40,000 people live in the catchment area. On the western outskirts is Poundbury, a u. a. designed by Prince Charles model village.