Athelhampton House and Gardens
Average time spent – 2-4 hours.
Things to do at Athelhampton House and Gardens review
Athelhampton House and Gardens is a hidden gem in the middle of the Dorset countryside. Dating back over five hundred years, it’s billed as one of England’s finest Tudor Manors so a must see if you’re in the area.
Athelhampton House is beautiful and steeped in history. It has connections to Thomas Hardy and has been renovated and extended since it was first built. It’s also flooded numerous times but much of the house is original and wonderful to see.
The Great Hall was the first part of Athelhampton to be built back in 1485 and is mostly unchanged with a mainly original hammer-beam roof, carved stonework and stained glass. The rest of Athelhampton was added later.
The children loved exploring the rooms and we all appreciated how homely the house is despite being a tourist attraction. It had a traditional toilet you can use on the first floor and the most beautiful copper bath I have ever seen.
The house is apparently haunted by a few different ghosts but we didn’t see any on our visit and just enjoyed exploring the rooms and finding out more about the house from the friendly staff.
The grounds at Athelhampton are vast with many different gardens from formal gardens to a kitchen garden and even park land. There are so many different areas for children to run around and have an adventure making it a really lovely family day out.
We really enjoyed our time at Athelhampton and although we only spent a couple of hours there you could have a picnic or have a meal in one of the restaurants and make a full day of it, exploring all of the outside space that Athelhampton has to offer.
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Important Information Athelhampton House and Gardens
Eating – The Coach House Restaurant – serving morning coffee, delicious lunches and cream tea. The Long Hall Restaurant – Sunday a la carte restaurant with a carvery option. Booking advised. The Drawing Room – elegant art-deco tea room serving afternoon tea and champagne. Booking essential.
Facilities in brief – One of England’s finest Tudor manor houses with beautiful grounds including formal gardens, kitchen garden and parkland. There are toilets and a choice of places to eat.
Entry price – *Mid-range. Members of Historic Houses (HH) can visit for free.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. Garden only adult ticket is £9 or £2.50 for a child. House and garden tickets are £14 for an adult and £4.50 for a child. Other ticket options are available. It is free to park.
Opening: Athelhampton House and Gardens is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in most areas.
Address: Athelhampton Rd, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 7LG, Dorset, England. Phone: 01305 848363
This is a guest post with thanks to Donna Wishart from What the Redhead Said. You can read her full review of Athelhampton House here.
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
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