Visit Athelhampton

Explore one of England's finest Tudor Manor houses, set in exquisite Elizabethan-style gardens.

Built over 500 years ago, with its high hammer-beam roof, heraldic stained glass, and linenfold paneling, The Great Hall is the heart of this Dorset house.

Explore the surrounding rooms, with more access than ever before for 2021, the rooms are furnished with interesting antique furnishings & paintings. Our knowledgeable stewards will tell you the complex history that saved Athelhampton.

Enjoy the Elizabethan style gardens, watch the fountains, relax in tranquillity by sitting a while in one of our new garden seating areas and don't miss a visit to the kitchen garden and then try some of our produce and home-cooked food in our Restaurants.

View our short film, and find out about how Thomas Hardy loved the house and how he was inspired by Athelhampton in his poems and novels.

In 2021 Athelhampton will become a carbon-neutral energy user, through its innovative use of solar electricity generation, ground source heating, and battery storage.

Opening Times

"2021 Gardens"

Open Daily from 12th of April 2021

Sunday to Friday

10.00am to 4.00pm

"2021 House"

Open Daily from 17th May 2021

Sunday to Friday

12.00am to 4.00pm

"2021 Restaurant"

Open Daily from 17th May 2021

Sunday to Friday

10.00am to 4.00pm

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The Tudor

Hall.

The Great Hall constructed by 

Sir William Martyn iin 1485

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Historic

Rooms.

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Sixteen rooms dating from Tudor times

to the 1930's for you to explore 

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Architectural

Detail.

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Wander inside and out, and admire the

 Grade 1 listed Tudor building

 

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Antique

Furniture.

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Explore thr rooms, with unrestricted access and view a collection of fine furnishings.

 

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Exquisite

Gardens.

Architectural gardens created

in 1891 by Mr Alfred Cart de Lafontaine.

 

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Home-grown

Produce.

Restoration of the kitchen gardens began in 2014, and now supplies

fruit and vegetables to our restaurant.

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Athelhampton.Zero

In 2021 we are helping lower Dorset's carbon footprint by removing our reliance on fossil fuels.

Our LPG & Oil Heating, LPG Cooking, Diesel Backup Generators are all going. We are installing Solar Electrical generation, Ground & Air Source heating & Battery Backup.

Our Project has been part-funded by Low Carbon Dorset as part of the European Regional Development Fund 

News & Views

Keep up with our news at Athelhampton.

This is our latest news article! - click here to read More 

A Selection of our Events

  • Spring Special Garden Tours
    19 May, 09:30 – 13:30
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • The Women of Athelhampton
    02 Jul, 09:30 – 13:30
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Ballet at Athelhampton 2021
    12 Sep, 16:00
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Dorset Food & Drink Fair
    04 Dec, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK

At Athelhampton there is always something special happening

 Click here to Find More EVENTS 

Restaurant Opening Times

The Coach House Restaurant

serving morning coffee, lunches, home-made cakes and afternoon teas.

Open to the public without admission, booking not required.

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open in 2022

The DrAWING Room

our new located in the main house, serving afternoon tea & champagne. 

Booking essential, admission charge included.

The Long Hall Restaurant

our popular sunday ala carte restaurant, with carvery option,​ serving fresh local and seasonal produce.

Open to the public without admission, booking advised.

Open Daily from 17.5.21

Sunday - Friday

10am to 3.30pm 

open later in 2021

Athelhampton House & Gardens

Athelhampton 

Dorchester

Dorset

DT2 7LG

01305 848363

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Athelhampton is proud to be a member of Historic Houses