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Athelhampton, Dorchester,
Dorset, DT2 7LG



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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Mar - Oct; Sun - Thurs; 10.30am - 5pm;
Nov - Feb; Sundays only; 10.30am - 5pm/dusk
Open Good Friday

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

11am - 4.30pm/dusk

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

(2010 Prices) House & Gardens; Adults £9.25; Over 60s £8.75; Family (2A + 2C) £18.50; Child under 16 Free;
Winter Price: Adults £7

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Venue for civil wedding ceremonies and receptions. New restaurant serving lunches, cream teas and refreshments. Gift shop and free car park.

Garden Features & Events

Winner HHA Garden of the Year Award 1997

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Casterbridge Hotel, Dorchester


The Mock Turtle, Dorchester

Inns & Pubs:

Hambro Arms, Milton Abbas

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

Athelhampton is one of the finest 15th-century manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great Hall, Great Chamber, wine cellar. The Gallery in the west wing exhibits works by the Russian artist Marevna who lived at the house in the 1940s/50s. The Grade I Listed garden, dating from c1891, is full of vistas and gains much from the fountains and River Piddle flowing through. The walled gardens include the world-famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. Also 15th-century dovecote and boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle.
Winner of 1997 Christies' Garden Of The Year Competition.

History Of Garden

Francis Inigo Thomas designed four Ham stone courts in the Elizabethan style. Sir Robert Cooke designed the Octagonal Garden in 1971.

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