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
from 12th of April 2021
Sunday to Friday
10.00am to 4.00pm
Open Daily from 17th May 2021
Sunday to Friday
12.00am to 4.00pm
The Great Hall constructed by
Sir William Martyn iin 1485
Sixteen rooms dating from Tudor times
to the 1930's for you to explore
Wander inside and out, and admire the
Grade 1 listed Tudor building
Explore thr rooms, with unrestricted access and view a collection of fine furnishings.
Architectural gardens created
in 1891 by Mr Alfred Cart de Lafontaine.
Restoration of the kitchen gardens began in 2014, and now supplies
fruit and vegetables to our restaurant.
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
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.
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