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Opening Times

Winter 2023

"House & Gardens"

4th January - 19th March 2023

10am to 4pm, 7 Days a Week

House opens 11am daily, last admissions at 3pm

Opening Times

Spring 2023

"House & Gardens"

20th March - 20th June 2023

10am to 5pm, 7 Days a Week

House opens 11am daily, last admissions at 4pm

CLOSED - Saturday 6th May 2023 for the King's Coronation

Heritage Saturdays

Heritage Saturdays are our programme of events designed for families with children. We will open Athelhampton on a limited range of dates, each with a themed activity or entertainment.

 Check our events page for more information

Heritage Saturdays

Admission Charges

Gardens Only

Adults £11.00

Senior £10.00

Student £8.00

Children Under 12 Free

Dogs £1.00

Admission Charges

House & Gardens

Adults £16.00

Senior £15.00

Student £13.00

Children Under 12 Free

Adult 18-65

Senior  65 and over

Student  12-17 (17+ with valid ID)


Visitors with a disability pay ⅔ 

Athelhampton is proud to be a member of the Historic Houses, the association for independent and privately owned houses in the UK that are open for visiting.

 Your HH membership allows free entry at Athelhampton and 5% discount in our shop and restaurant.

With a membership you can visit houses, castles, and gardens, large and small throughout the UK - JOIN HERE (use code ATHE63 for £5 discount)

Historic Houses Members 

Finding Us

By Road

On the A35 from Dorchester Poole, or A354 from Blandford follow our signs at the "Northbrook" junction, left at the traffic lights in Puddletown.

By Train

Dorchester has two stations, with Taxi service from Dorchester South, a short walk from Dorchester West.

By Bus

Dorchester - Blandford 187

Athelhampton is a request stop

3 stops each direction weekdays

Finding Us

Athelhampton is the ideal venue for your group visit.

The admission charge is £12 per person for pre-booked groups of 12 or more.

A range of group catering options are available to make your visit easy to organise - Download the 2022 booking form here

Download the 2023 booking form here

Athelhampton for Groups

Group Visits


We welcome all people with disabilities

Our team receives disability awareness training to assist you in having a great day at out Athelhampton.

As a Grade 1 listed site the infrastructure naturally limits some access, however 

all disabled visitors are entitled to a matched price carers ticket to support their visit.

 (a proffessional carers free pass is available to businesses)

Accessibility Guide

Our Accessibility Guide has detailed information to assist your plans to visit.


You can download the guide here


We do not offer the use of a wheelchair.

There are ramps for entry to house and 

accessible toilets in Visitor Centre.

Information For Your Visit


Toilets facilities including an accessible / baby change cubicle are located in the visitor centre.

An additional toilet is provided on the first floor of the house.



Free Wifi is provided in the visitor centre.


A picnic area is provided, but we request please take your rubbish home with you so that you can recycle it.


We use CCTV throughout the estate, recording images for the protection of the historic buildings, our visitors and staff.

Photography & Filming

We welcome amateur photography, though request that you do not photograph or film any other visitors or our staff, use selfie sticks, flying drones or flash guns.

(for commercial use you must contact the Estate Manager)



Dogs are welcome on a lead throughout the gardens, only Assistance dogs are allowed in the house


We request that you do not touch plants around the gardens, many plants can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions. 

Please do not take  seeds or take cuttings from our plants (we consider this theft)

Information For Your Visit
Eating Out

Eating Out

you do not need to pay admission to visit our the coach house restaurant


Athelhampton offers a selection of areas for you to enjoy a drink or a meal and ask that only food and drink purchased on the premises is consumed. (except food of babies and tiny children)




you do not need to pay admission to visit our  gift shop

Gift Shop

Athelhampton has a lovely gift shop that sells a range of local products and souvenirs.

A plant sales area is open from March to October.


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