Visit the finest beautiful gardens to visit in Dorset. From Water Gardens and Sub Tropical Gardens to very formal gardens. You will be spoilt for choice. Dorset is home to a very varied and spectacular collection of gardens.

Beautiful gardens to visit in Dorset

Beautiful gardens to visit in Dorset

Minterne House Gardens

is a heritage house in an unequalled setting. Come and visit the unique Himalayan gardens boasting many exotic plants.  Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas from all over the world. Take your time and wander through Minterne’s horseshoe shaped wild woodland gardens. The gardens also boast many other picturesque features for you to enjoy. So, with it’s chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams it is the perfect antidote for life’s stresses.

Athelhampton House and Gardens 

is a spectacular 15th century manor house and grounds 5 miles east of Dorchester. Athelhampton provides an excellent historical experience. With both an on-site shop and restaurants it is the perfect day out for all ages. The Grade I Listed garden also has the River Piddle flowing through it. The walled garden also include the world famous topiary pyramids. Additionally there are collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies.

Mapperton House and Gardens

Mapperton Gardens are deep in a lost Dorset among tumbling hills and unspoiled countryside. The valley gardens reflect at least three periods of history. These include an Italianate garden from the 1920’s as well as a more recent orangery. Beyond the wall and summer house are fish ponds. Nearby, find the wild garden with its wonderful specimen shrubs and trees. Most noteworthy for 2018 Mapperton Estate is converting a seventeenth century stable block into a new cafe and events space.

Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park 

This is a well established tourist attraction. They have over 30,000 visitors annually. Relax in the gardens or enjoy a walk alongside the lake which are situated in undulating Dorset countryside. The Hanburys created the beautiful 35 acre formal gardens between 1915 and 1922. Consequently, each garden has a distinct character of its own. Uniquely designed to give colour throughout the year they also blend the formal with the informal.

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