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Cranborne, Wimborne Minster,
Dorset, BH21 5PP



Listed By

William Donelson

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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
1st Mar - 30th Sept; Wed only; 9am - 5pm. Last admission 4pm
Estate Walks, car park open 9am - 5pm, Mon - Sat; 10am - 5pm; Sun & BHs
Garden Centre: Mon - Sat; 9am - 5pm, Sun/BHs 10am - 5pm

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

For Group Garden Visit enquiries please call 01725 517402

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

1st Apr, 6th June

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring and Summer

To see:

Spring bulbs and crab apple orchard. Herbaceous perennials. Old roses, clematis.

Admission Prices

Adult £5; Child £1; Over 60s £4.50. RHS members free with membership card.

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: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Partial facilities for the disabled. Garden Centre

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

La Fosse, Cranborne
Alderholt Mill, Fordingbridge
Fleur de Lys, Cranborne

Inns & Pubs:

Fleur de Lys, Cranborne
Sheaf of Arrows, Cranborne
Rose & Thistle, Rockbourne

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The beautiful and historic gardens of yew hedges, walled, herb, mount and wild gardens originate in the 17th century. They were originally laid out by Mounten Jennings, with John Tradescant supplying many of the original plants.

Springtime at Cranborne is particularly good with displays of spring bulbs and the crab apple orchard in the wild garden.

History Of Garden

The main walls and turret stairs date from King John and the Middle Ages; the richly carved porches and mullioned windows and oak stairs are Jacobean; the Classic West wing and balustraded terraces of the Walled North garden were built during the reign of Charles I. The South Court and Gatehouses were built by Robert Cecil about 1612. The rest of the garden with its lawns, roses and cut yews follow the original plans as laid out by John Tradescant, gardener to King James I and Robert Cecil, the Yew Allee and some of the hedges being of that date. Cranborne Manor has been almost continually lived in for well over 300 years, ever since it was acquired by the Cecil family in the early 17th Century.

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