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Athelhampton House

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This property is free for HHA Friends
Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG
01305 848363

One of the outstanding manor houses in England. The late medieval great hall with tall oriel window is uniquely fine amidst the harmonious Tudor additions with their Ham stone mullions and heraldic carved beasts.

Features: The 20-acre garden is a superb example of a 19th century Italianate garden, especially the court of yew pyramids. That formal court leads to other secret gardens, recently planted with a wide variety of species, and a romantic riverside walk.

1997 HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award winner.

This property offers free access to HHA Friends and Members during normal opening hours - please check opening times.


Well signed off the A35(T) at Puddletown Northbrook junction.

Visitor Opening Times

2016: 1 March - 1 November, Sunday-Thursday (also open every Sunday throughout the winter months), 10.30am-5pm/dusk. Last admission 4.30pm.

Winter Opening Hours (November – February)
Sundays Only 10.30am – dusk.

Please note that these opening times are correct to the best of the HHA’s knowledge, as advised by the property. Opening times may change and a property may very occasionally need to close at short notice. We therefore recommend you check with the property before your visit, by phone or on the property’s website, especially if your journey is likely to be a long one.

Film Locations

'Most Haunted' has been filmed at Athelhampton, also shots for the 1972 film 'Sleuth', Doctor Who serial 'The Seeds of Doom' and most recently Julian Fellowes' 'From Time to Time' based on The Chimney's of Green Knowe and starring cast such as Dame Maggie Smith, Dominic West and Timothy Spall. 'From Time to Time' is a haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, two centuries apart. When 13 year old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Groups and special visits

Athelhampton House dates from 1485 and contains many magnificently furnished rooms including the Tudor Great Hall. The glorious Grade I gardens, dating from 1891, contain the world-famous topiary pyramids, fountains, pavilions, the River Piddle and many rare plants and trees. Winner of the Christies/HHA Garden of the Year Award. Restaurant serving lunches, cream teas, and refreshments. Gift Shop and free Car Park.

Out of hours opening available to booked groups. Specialist tours up to 30 with our tour guide.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsNegotiable
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

Owen Davies
Athelhampton House
01305 848363

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Additional Information
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Nearby HHA Properties
Milton Abbey School (5  miles)
Wolfeton House (5  miles)
Lulworth Castle & Park (9  miles)
Minterne Gardens (9  miles)
Stock Gaylard House (11  miles)