The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton House dates from 1485 and the Great Hall is a magnificent example of early Tudor architecture with heraldic glass, linenfold panelling and carved roof timbers. The house has an array of fine furniture from the Jacobean to Victorian periods and the West Wing gallery hosts an exhibition of paintings and sketches by the Russian artist Marevna who lived at Athelhampton during the 1940’s.

In 1891 Alfred Carte de Lafontaine commissioned the building of the formal gardens. Francis Inigo Thomas designed four ham stone courts in the Elizabethan style. The Grade I listed gardens, which have won the HHA ‘Garden of the Year’ award, are full of variety. The famous 30 feet high yew pyramids dominate the Great Court, and the 15th century Dovecote is still home to a colony of beautiful white fantail doves. Water forms a recurring feature with fountains and pools throughout the characteristic themed compartments of the garden which link creating a labyrinth of rooms.

Restoration work has recently begun on our Kitchen Garden, which is now open to the public as the team begin to replant and restore the garden. It will be an ongoing project, no doubt a 'labour of love', gradually evolving into a beautiful addition to the existing gardens here at Athelhampton.

Fact File

Admission Rates: House and Gardens Adults £13.75 Seniors £12.50 Children £3.00. Gardens Only £9.50
Group Rates: £9.00 per person - minimum group size 12
Facilites: Plant Sales, Gift Shop, Restaurant serving morning coffee, cake, hot and cold lunches and afternoon tea, Cinema + Art Gallery
Guided Tours: Yes for groups, booking is required
Special Events:
DVCA Classic Car Auction - Thursday 2nd March 2017.
Children’s Easter Trail - Good Friday - 14th April 2017.
Plant Heritage Plant Sale - Sunday 7th May 2017.
DVCA Classic Car Auction - Thursday 8th June 2017. Flower Festival - Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th June 2017.
MG Owners Day - Sunday 13th August 2017. Outdoor Theatre - Friday 18th August 2017.
DVCA Classic Car Auction - Thursday 7th September 2017.
Plant Heritage Autumn Plant Sale - Sunday 10th September 2017
Dorset Food + Drink Christmas Fair - Saturday 25th November 2017
Disabled Access: Yes (Limited - please contact us for further information). Booking required for wheelchairs.
Toilets: Yes including a disabled toilet
Coach/Car Parking: Yes FOC
Length of Visit: 2 hours minimum
Booking Contact: Laura Pitman or Shannen Carpenter
Athelhampton House and Gardens, Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG
Tel No: 01305 848363
Location: Located 5 miles east of Dorchester. Turn off A35 at Puddletown Northbrook junction.