Kingston Maurward

Kingston Maurward is a hidden gem with a lake, canals and formal gardens. Pick up a plan of the garden from the ticket office so you don’t miss any of the gardens.

The Edwardian gardens include the Red Garden with its lily pond and steps leading up to the Temple of the Four Winds, the Penstemon Terrace, the Japanese Garden and the Herbaceous Border. There’s also a Croquet Lawn now used by KW Croquet Club – its position must be envied by visiting teams!

The Walled Garden is at the far end of the garden beyond the Elizabethan house – privately owned. No longer used for growing fruit or vegetables, it is now an experimental garden.

There is an alternative walk back to the car park via the other side of the lake.

Kingston Maurward has two National Collections of Penstemon and Salvia.

The house and grounds are owned by Kingston Maurward College.

There’s also a zoo where dogs are not allowed.

Check before visiting as access to the gardens can be limited if there is a wedding.


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Address: Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY View map Phone: 01305 215003 Length of visit: 3-4 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - partly: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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