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Athelhampton House and Gardens

Type:Historic House/Palace


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Telephone:+44 01305 848363

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£13.95 per ticket
Child£3.00 per ticket
Disabled£8.75 per ticket
Groups (12 or more people)£10.00 per ticket
Student£9.25 per ticket

Groups must be pre-booked to receive the discounted price.


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • rebecca428
    Warmwell, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Xmas Do
    1 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 6th March 2019
    Booked this for a Xmas works do.Dinner dance.The best part of the evening was the location.Absolutely stunning.Staff were attentive and pleasant.The food was appalling from the starter being wet... Read full review
  • monanza1988
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Went the extra mile on everything
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th March 2019
    Lovely, smallish 15th century house with extensive gardens. Beautifully kept and not intimidating due to smaller size. Really nice to be encouraged to use chairs and to take photos. What really made... Read full review
  • Lynette J
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Fleeting visit to my favourite house.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 18th March 2019
    It had been some years since I last visited Athelhampton but it has always been a favourite of mine and it was still as beautiful and enchanting as I had remembered. It was late in the day and I had... Read full review


  • Dorset TourismDorset Food and Drink Dorset Food and Drink 2018


  • Athelhampton House & Gardens Aerial Filming

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A35. Five miles east of Dorchester, take the Northbrook junction off the A35.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Dorchester South and West. Take a taxi or bus.



  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Plant Sales


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Coffee shop; full lunch menu, cream teas and other refreshments, fully licensed, 150 capacity.
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted - Charged at £1.00 Access to the Gardens only, on a lead
  • Event venue
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 4 hours.
  • Families
  • Film or TV location
  • Groups
  • Haunted
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 150 for private functions
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location
  • Weddings

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • On site parking - for cars and coaches. Free.

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • American Express accepted
  • Can be packages by 3rd parties
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Min group size - 12
  • Solo accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun - Childrens trail available
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Contact for School visits pack.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Contact for group visits pack.

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available - for pre-booked groups of 12 or more people. 2018 price is £9.50 per person. Catering packages also available.

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Pre-booking is essential.

Opening Times

Opening (High Season) (1 March 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Thursday10:30 - 17:00*
Friday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday10:30 - 17:00*
Opening (Low Seaon) (1 November 2019 - 28 February 2020)
Monday - SaturdayClosed*
Sunday10:30 - 16:00*

* Throught the winter Athelhampton is open every Sunday. Group visits can sometimes be booked outside of regular opening - phone for more information. Athelhampton is closed every Friday and Saturday throughout the year.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Sunday, 12th May 2019 - Thursday, 16th May 2019

Athelhampton Flower Festival - Celebrating AnniversariesMany displays of fresh and dried flowers around the house and gardens.
more info

Friday, 30th August 2019 - Friday, 30th August 2019

The Secret Garden - Outdoor TheatreThis years annual open-air production 'The Secret Garden’ is being hosted by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Tickets available near the date from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre (01305) 267992.
more info

Athelhampton House and Gardens, DorchesterAthelhampton House & Gardens can provide the dream venue for your country or manor house wedding, accommodating for wedding ceremonies, receptions and parties and Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.

Sunday, 11th August 2019 - Sunday, 11th August 2019

CR Dorset AllsortsMG Car RallyThis annual event sees 100s of MGs located on the front and back lawns of Athelhampton for visitors to view. Cars travel from all over the UK for this annual party in the garden. Normal admission prices apply, open 10am - 5pm. 
more info

Sunday, 5th May 2019 - Sunday, 5th May 2019

Spring Plant FairOrganised by Plant Heritage Dorset. Open from 10am - 3pm and will feature independent growers from across the South and South West. There will be a wide range of plants including grasses, alpines, herbs, perennials, climbers & shrubs plus some summer bedding and basket plants. Admission charges...
more info

Sunday, 31st March 2019 - Thursday, 4th April 2019

Athelhampton House and Gardens Outside ViewVisit Dorset Attractions Festival - Athelhampton House and GardensVisit one of the outstanding historic houses of England. Set in extensive and fine architectural gardens and river walk, plus a newly opened kitchen garden. Licensed restaurant, free car park and gift shop. Offer: 2 adults for the price of 1 or half price entry for 1 full paying adult
more info

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