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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£14.50 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.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
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Recent Reviews:

  • motherofdogs07
    Brisbane, Australia
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Perfectly beautiful
    4 of 5 stars
    Monday, 10th June 2019
    I visited Athelhampton house with my 2 friends and and we could not have been more pleased with what we saw. What grandeur and elegance! Viewing the house from the beginning of the long path was like... Read full review
  • manrow
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Fascinating House, spectacular gardens
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 12th June 2019
    We arrived as a group of 20 in the pouring rain with the forecast suggesting it could last all day! We had decided to visit the house first, and garden later if the rain eased off! We had arrived at... Read full review
  • VALERIE880
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A gem of a house.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 16th June 2019
    The gardens were lovely even on a rainy day. The house was very well kept considering its still a family home. The eatery was so good, very clean and lovely staff. 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


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

Athelhampton House and Gardens Outside ViewThe 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.
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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, 1st September 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Great Dorset Plant Fair
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