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Athelhampton House and Gardens


Opening hours

Open Every Sunday throughout the Winter (except Boxing Day). Restaurant for Morning Coffee from 10.00am. House & Gardens from 11.00am. Closes at 5.00pm


Tel. 01305 848363

Postcode DT2 7LG


Athelhampton is a delightful 15th Century house with extensive grade 1 gardens. Open to the public, they also offer private facilities for wedding receptions and ceremonies.

The Athelhampton gardens are full of variety, the formal architecture is balanced by woodland scenes. The formal gardens were laid out between 1891 - 1899 by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine. The Great Court, with its striking Pyramid shaped yew trees is our most famous of gardens. Planted to punctuate the corners of planted rose beds, the trees now dominate, the rose beds long removed. Beyond the Great Court, the Corona, the Private Garden, the Canal, and Octagonal Pond lead you through the gardens to the River Piddle which forms a natural boundary. The river walk takes you through natural areas, and around toward the ancient dovecote.

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset. DT2 7LG.


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