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Kingston Maurward, Dorchester,
Dorset, DT2 8PY


01305 215001

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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 5th Jan - 22nd Dec; Every day; 10am - 5.30pm/dusk

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: No
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Contribution made annually.

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Mid-May - Oct

To see:

Penstemons and Salvias.

Admission Prices

Adult £6.00; Over 60's £5.50; Child £4.00; Group (10 or more) £5.50 pp;
Group guided tour £9.00 (booked in advance)
Family Day Ticket £21.00; Season Ticket Single £20, Double £35;
Season ticket for Family £47.

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

Animal Park and Children's Play area. Spring Lambing weekends in March, Open Day in June, see owners' website for details of this and many other events.

Garden Features & Events

Ornamental Lake, Tree Trails, Nature Trail, Animal Park.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:

Penstemons and Salvias.

Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Birkin House Hotel, Kingston Maurward


Yarlbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton

Inns & Pubs:

The Black Dog, West Knighton

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The parkland and pleasure gardens were originally laid out in the Jardin Anglais style popularised by 'Capability' Brown. Simplicity was the hallmark of the gardens, which consisted of rolling turf, carefully placed groups of trees, a lake and a lakeside temple. These and the lovely formal gardens have been carefully and sympathetically restored using 1930s photographs retaining the best features, but also introducing new ones. They now consist of a matrix of small gardens each with its own theme, tree trails, lakeside walks and a delightful walled garden.

The gardens were formally opened in 1991 and have since undergone an extensive programme of new plantings rich in interest and variety. New plantings and features are added annually.

The Animal Park is a firm favourite with children and home to an interesting collection of animals, some of which they can help feed. There is a large picnic and play area.

History Of Garden

Kingston Maurward House was built in 1720 for George Pitt in the classic Palladian style that so characterised the period. It was designed by Thomas Archer and John James. The original gardens date from that period also. The 35 acre formal gardens were created between 1915 and 1922 within the framework of the existing parkland setting in the Arts and Crafts style of the Edwardian period. These gardens consist of a series of garden rooms designed by Sir Cecil and Lady Hanbury, a well known horticultural family, who also owned the gardens at La Mortola in Italy and who had generously endowed Wisley Gardens to the Royal Horticultural Society..

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