Kingston Maurward Gardens
Opening dates and times:For information, please phone or see garden website
Description:35 acres of gardens laid out in C18 and C20 with 5-acre lake. Generous terraces and gardens divided by hedges and stone balustrades. Stone features and interesting plants. Elizabethan walled garden laid out as demonstration. National Collections of penstemons and salvias
Open 2 Jan to 20 Dec (10-5.30)
Disability information:Partial wheelchair access, gravel paths, steep slope to lake
Further details:Set in idyllic surroundings Kingston Maurward Gardens are Dorset's best kept secret. A tranquil, and peaceful spot, the gardens are situated in undulating Dorset countryside, with a lake, canals, broad sweeping and formal gardens. Kingston Maurward House was built around 1720 for George Pitt, a cousin of Prime Minister Pitt and is an excellent example of a House of the period. The gardens were laid out in the "Jardin Anglais" style popularised by Capability Brown. The formal gardens consist of a matrix of small gardens each with its own theme and there are also tree trails, lakeside walks and a delightful walled garden. The Animal Park has an interesting collection of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, Shetland ponies and lots more. There is also a large play area for children and plenty of space for a picnic. The visitor Centre provides information on the Animal Park and Gardens and has a wide variety of plants and gifts for sale. Special events take place throughout the year. For more information call 01305 215003.