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 - dusk

last admissions 3pm

Garden Admission:

Adult: £10.00

Senior: £9.00

Student: £7.50

Child: £3.00

Family: £24.00 (2a 2c)

Dog: £1.00

a disabled person pays ⅔ of the appropriate admission

House & Garden Admission:

Adult: £15.00

Senior: £14.00

Student: £11.00

Child: £6.00

Family: £36.00 (2a 2c)

a disabled person pays ⅔ of the appropriate admission



Historic Houses


Athelhampton House



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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.


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..