Visit Wimborne Minster a historic riverside market town

In search of that quintessentially English blend of history and hospitality? The beautiful, historic market town of Wimborne Minster, with its gracious Minster Church and family attractions is sure to fit the bill!

Its location on the banks of the rivers Stour and Allen as well as history dating back to pre-Roman times, makes it an interesting and picturesque town to visit.

A regular winner in the regional and national ‘In Bloom’ awards, Wimborne pretty streets and courtyards are filled with the scent and colour of flowers in summer. 

Whatever the season, you are assured of a warm welcome in this friendly town.

Know before you go

If you are planning to visit Wimborne and it's many wonderful attractions, activities and places to eat or shop, we would encourage you to plan ahead and know before you go as you may be required to book ahead of your visit.

Heritage sites and family fun

Rain or shine, blue skies or grey, there is plenty to keep all the family happily occupied within Wimborne Minster and the surrounding area, from intriguing historic buildings and ancient sites to country parks and high adrenalin activities, all perfect family fun. 

The Treasures of Wimborne, three unique attractions, offer indoor and outdoor activities that all the generations can enjoy; discover the quirky artefacts inside the gracious Minster Church, enjoy browsing the shop and exhibitions at Walford Mill Crafts or be a giant for the day in the wonderful Model Town - based on what the town looked like in the 1950's.

Within the Minster Church is the Chained Library whose oldest book dates from the 1300s and is handwritten. The collection includes a book of sermons belonging to Catherine of Aragon. The Library is one of four remaining chained libraries in England and the country’s second largest. Also in the Minster is an astronomical clock showing both the sun and moon circling the earth.

Countryside on the doorstep

Need to blow away the cobwebs? 

In Wimborne Minster you are never more than a stone’s throw from Dorset’s stunning countryside. 

Set between two rivers, the town is perfectly placed for riverside walks or you can pack your panniers and take to two wheels on a leisurely cycle ride, a range of activities offer wonderful opportunities to experience the great outdoors.

Shop til you drop

Can’t resist a special gift, or a sales bargain! 

Being a ‘Fairtrade’ town, Wimborne Minster offers an enticing blend of charming independent boutiques, specialist shops and high street stores. 

Explore the hidden courtyards, calm pedestrianised walkways and attractive High Street where a diverse mix of clothing, furnishings, gifts, jewellery, crafts, books, music, hardware and grocery outlets await.

From Friday to Sunday immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of the largest regular open and covered market on the south coast, listen to the traders touting their wares including fresh produce, antiques and bric-a-brac, clothes, housewares, plants and more, all just a few minutes walk from the town centre.

Food heaven

Do your taste buds yearn for fish fresh from the nearby Dorset coast or perhaps a scrumptious cream tea? 

Enjoy alfresco dining and lunch in the sun at a pavement cafe, or a romantic meal in a fine-dine restaurant. Many of Wimborne's eateries are now offering takeaway options to enjoy at home or on your day out in Dorset.

Savour delicious locally sourced food at award-winning restaurants and pubs including the Kings Arms in nearby Longham, a former winner of Dorset Dining Pub of the Year. 

With regular food festivals and farmers markets forming an important part of the local events calendar you will have ample opportunity to sample local produce, so whether you have a sweet tooth or a taste for something savoury, you will be spoilt for choice.

A calendar of events

With a full events diary there is never a dull moment in vibrant Wimborne Minster, its elegant pedestrianised Square, chilled out Minster Green, pretty Willow Walk and historic Cornmarket make it an attractive and safe venue for an amazing range of events. 

With festivals from history, food and drink to music, dance and storytelling there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Discover your perfect bolthole

A place to relax and recall the day’s adventures, enjoy the local ambiance and meet friendly people, your choice of accommodation is a crucial part of your holiday. 

Whether you are looking for a guesthouse in town, a country B&B, a cosy self-catering property or a quality caravan site for your own holiday home on wheels, you can find your perfect bolthole with accommodation to suit all budgets.

Further information and inspiration

For helpful advice visit our Tourist Information Centre, or download a map of Wimborne.

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Places to stay

Stay in town or in the villages close to Wimborne - farms, pubs, hotels and camping.

Things to do

Entertainment and activities for all the family, big or small!