A day out in Dorset

Nestled in the middle of Dorset, Athelhampton is one of the finest examples of a Tudor Manor House in England.

Over 500 years old, with its high hammer-beam roof, heraldic stained glass, and linenfold paneling the Great Hall is at the heart of the  the manor house.

Enjoy the Elizabethan style gardens, watch the fountains, relax in tranquillity by sitting a while in one of our garden seating areas.

 

Don't miss a visit to the kitchen garden and then try some of our produce and home-cooked food in our Restaurants

Opening Hours:

Everyday, 7 days a week: 10am -5pm

last admissions 4pm

Closed on 11th & 12th September

Garden Admission:

Adult: £9.50

Senior: £8.00

Child: £2.50

Dog: £1.00

a disabled person pays ⅔ of the appropriate admission

House & Garden Admission:

Adult: £14.50

Senior: £13.50

Child: £5.00

Family: £32.00 (2a 2c)

a disabled person pays ⅔ of the appropriate admission

 

Memberships:

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Athelhampton House

Athelhampton

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Our Gardens

The ancient Manor of Pydele as it is known in the Doomsday book, was home to a Deerpark in Tudor times.

In 1891, a young man, Alfred Cart de Lafontaine purchases Athelhampton to create his Arts & Crafts style architectural gardens.

The Ham-Stone compartments present contrasting planting that changes with the seasons.

 

Subsequent owners leave their own mark upon the 20-acre gardens, enlarging, refining & enhancing.

The Edwardian kitchen garden is part of a 10 year plan to provide low food miles produce to our restaurant and shop.

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The House

In 1485, the same year at the Battle of Bosworth, William Martyn inherits Athelhampton from his father.

 

William builds the Tudor Great Hall, his son and grandsons extend the house, adding the west wing and gatehouse.

The Martyn line dies out 1595 and the house is divided, for centuries used as a farmhouse.

In 1840 the divide is reunited and the house prospers, over the next 100 years successive owners make their own changed, adding to Athelhampton's rich history.

In 2019 the Estate changes hands and a new chapter begins.. 

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Our Events

Every year at Athelhampton we plan an exciting range of events for you to enjoy.

Our friends at Chapterhouse Theatre have worked with Athelhampton for over 20 years, and each year deliver a fabulous performance.

We have exntended our offering to add more theatre, ballet, music and more to our diary this year.

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  • Stars of THE ROYAL BALLET at Athelhampton
    Stars of THE ROYAL BALLET at Athelhampton
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    12 Sep, 16:00
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Stars of THE ROYAL BALLET at Athelhampton
    Stars of THE ROYAL BALLET at Athelhampton
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    11 Sep, 16:30
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • 21st Century Abba
    21st Century Abba
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    04 Sep, 17:00 – 21:00
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • The Great Gatsby
    The Great Gatsby
    25 Aug, 17:30 – 21:30
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Outdoor Theatre
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Outdoor Theatre
    31 Jul, 19:00 – 21:00
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
 

Exclusive Tours

Our Exclusive tours give you an opportunity to view Athelhampton with a small group of like-minded individuals and one of our in-house experts.

Each tour is carefully curated to give enhanced and detailed information on a multitude of topics about Athelhampton

Each tour comes complete with refreshments and once the tour is complete either lunch or dinner.

If you have small group with a particular interest, we would be happy to work with you to create a bespoke tour.

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