Sunday to Friday 10am to 5.00pm
11am to 4.00pm Sunday to Friday
New for 2020 our 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.
House & Gardens
Visitors with a disability pay ⅔
Senior over 65
Student 12 to 17 (17+ with ID)
Child 3 to 12 (under 3's are free)
Family 2 adults/senior + 2 children
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.
Historic Houses Members
On the A35 from Dorchester Poole, or A354 from Blandford follow our signs at the "Northbrook" junction, left at the traffic lights in Puddletown.
Dorchester has two stations, with Taxi service from Dorchester South, a short walk from Dorchester West.
Dorchester - Blandford 187
Athelhampton is a request stop
3 stops each direction weekdays
Athelhampton is the ideal venue for your group visit.
The admission charge is £10 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 booking form here
Athelhampton for Groups
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)
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.
Access 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)
Eating and Shopping
you do not need to pay admission to visit our restaurants or gift shop
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)
Athelhampton has a lovely gift shop that sells a range of local products and souveniers.
A plant sales area is open from March to October.