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Private Hire


The King’s Arms is the perfect setting for your event.

Casterbridge Room

Situated on the first floor, The Casterbridge Room is our main event space. This versatile and spacious room features the hotel’s iconic bow-window, elegant painted panels, and ambient lighting. The room is named in honour of the novelist Thomas Hardy, who wrote much of The Mayor of Casterbridge here.

With room for 70 guests, the space can be easily adapted with sofas and easy chairs for relaxed, small gatherings, or arranged in more formal boardroom layouts.


With its elegant painted panels, bespoke lighting, leather sofas, and bow-window, the room is still recognisable as the one Hardy described in his novel.


The space which can host up to 70 guests has been designed to be adaptable for every occasion and can be set up with sofas and easy chairs, or in more traditional presentation or meeting formats.

The Old Smoking Room and Private Dining Room on the ground floor can also be booked for more intimate private events.

The Old Smoking Room is stylish and comfortable. Positioned on the ground floor it is a fantastic venue for small meetings, and social gatherings. The space combines a casual lounge area with a large table that seats 12 guests. It makes an excellent breakout space when booked in conjunction with The Casterbridge Room.

Old Smoking Room

Private Dining

The cosy Private Dining Room is tucked away between the restaurant and The Old Smoking Room. Featuring a large round table and stripped-back walls, this atmospheric room marks the oldest part of the hotel. Seating eight guests, it provides a wonderful and intimate setting for dinner parties, small meetings, or quiet workspace.

Historic, relaxed, and romantic, The King’s Arms, is the perfect venue for an intimate wedding celebration. Located in the heart of Dorchester, our charming Grade II listed building offers an elegant setting for both your ceremony and wedding breakfast, accommodating up to 30 guests in the elegant Casterbridge Room.

With its high ceiling and beautiful panelled walls, the Casterbridge provides a magical backdrop for your special day. In addition, the stylish Old Smoking Room, can also be hired for pre-wedding drinks and canapes.

Our experienced wedding coordinator and talented head chef will work closely with you to ensure that you have a truly memorable day.

When the festivities are over, there is no need to leave the venue as we have a range of luxury, bespoke accommodation, including the honeymoon suite.

For more information on celebrating your wedding with us, please contact or phone us on 01305 238238.


If you wish to enquire about a private hire of our event rooms please email us at or phone us on 01305 238238.

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