Gardens & Parks in Dorset

Dorset’s mild climate makes it a perfect location for some magical gardens and horticultural masterpieces. Take in the grandeur of these wonderful grounds which have been painstakingly cared for over hundreds of years.

Enjoy a two-minute video tour and find some botanical inspiration for your next visit to Dorset.

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Read more information about how Abbotsbury Subtropical have implemented COVID Secure measures. Probably one of the best gardens of its type in the world. Winner of silver medal at Chelsea and silver...

Brownsea Island

*LATEST UPDATE: Opening dates for 2022 are confirmed as 19 March to 30 October inclusive. Boats for day visitors will once again be operating from Poole Quay only. Ticket information will be released...

Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle is not only a beautiful and historical building, but the surrounding grounds are perfect for a relaxing stroll or a family picnic on the lawns. There is direct access to both...

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy is an elegant 17th century Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. Step inside the residence of the powerful and flamboyant Bankes...

Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

To inject a sense of fun into your family days out then head to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest to get active in the outdoors and have yourself a family adventure. You are sure to find something...

RSPB Arne Nature Reserve

Arne Nature Reserve is situated on Poole Harbour and within the Dorset Area of Natural Beauty, it's a stunning landscape which consists of dramatic open heathland and ancient oak woodland. ...

RSPB Weymouth Wetlands (Radipole and Lodmoor)

The RSPB Weymouth Wetlands nature reserves are hidden gems in the heart of Weymouth.  Comprises of 2 reserves (RSPB Radipole Lake and RSPB Lodmoor) and a Discovery Centre.  Nestled in...

Athelhampton House and Gardens

Athelhampton is one of the finest 15th Century manor-houses and is surrounded by one of the great architectural gardens of England. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including The Great...

Museum of East Dorset

Located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster, visitors can discover the story of East Dorset with stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique...

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Heritage & Culture

Discover Dorset's rich and intriguing heritage and soak up the atmosphere of bygone eras.

Cafes & Coffee Shops

If you're looking for a snack or drink, you’re never too far from a café or coffee shop in Dorset.

Eating Out

Enjoy some of the freshest, local produce at one of Dorset cafes, pubs or restaurants

Accommodation

Dorset has a fantastic range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.