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Minterne Gardens

This property is free for HHA Friends
Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU
01300 341370

The gardens lie in valley landscaped in the 18th century and have been owned by the same family for 350 years. A mile of walks reveals an exceptional collection of rhododendrons and shrubs (magnolias, davidas and acers), and an 18th century water garden with cascades and streams.

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


On A342, 2m N of Cerne Abbas.

Visitor Opening Times

2017: Mid-February – 9 November: daily, 10am–6pm.

Minterne House is a private family home, not open to the public, however Guided House Tours for special interest groups are available by prior appointment.

We also have a café on the Terrace where we serve Light Lunches & Cream Teas daily from 1st April to end of October (weather permitting).
Open at 10.30am with last orders at 4.30pm

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.

Groups and special visits

Minterne, which has been the home of the Churchill & Digby families for 350 years is very much lived-in and welcoming. The pictures are brought to life by Lord Digby, with family historical stories ranging from Roman times, the Marlborough Wars and tapestries, the Gunpowder plot, the Civil War, Trafalgar with the storm after the battle, and the Arctic convoys of 1942. Also a fine collection of Arabian watercolours painted by Jane Digby, Lady Ellenborough when married to her fourth husband, Sheikh Medjuel El Mesrab. Open for organised groups only.

Tailor Made Facilities

Visits to HouseYes
Visits to GardenYes
Other EventsYes
Light RefreshmentsYes

Contact Details

The Lord Digby
Minterne House
Minterne Magna
01300 341370

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