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Welcome to Athelhampton

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.

A great day out in Dorset 

Athelhampton has welcomed visitors for over 50 years

and is one of Dorset's favourite historic tourist attractions

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Opening Times

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The Gardens

Open Daily

from 12th of April 2021

Sunday to Friday

10.00am to 4.00pm

The House

Open Daily

from 17th May 2021

Sunday to Friday

12.00am to 4.00pm

The House

Open Daily from 17th May 2021

Sunday to Friday

12.00am 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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Entrance to the Corona Garden at Athelhampton House that has amazing gardens to visit. a great visitor attraction in Dorset

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 

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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

  • The Women of Athelhampton
    The Women of Athelhampton
    18 Jun, 09:30 – 13:30
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 18th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 18th June 2021
    18 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 20th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 20th June 2021
    20 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 21st June 2021
    Admission Tickets 21st June 2021
    21 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 22nd June 2021
    Admission Tickets 22nd June 2021
    22 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Summer Special Garden Tours
    Summer Special Garden Tours
    23 Jun, 09:30 – 13:30
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 23rd June 2021
    Admission Tickets 23rd June 2021
    23 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 24th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 24th June 2021
    24 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 25th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 25th June 2021
    25 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 27th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 27th June 2021
    27 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 28th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 28th June 2021
    28 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK
  • Admission Tickets 29th June 2021
    Admission Tickets 29th June 2021
    29 Jun, 10:00 – 16:00
    Athelhampton House & Gardens, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, UK