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The South Sights

Athelhampton House and Gardens

  • A35 Map It
  • Dorchester
  • Garden/Arboretum

Updated 05/28/2014

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Fine 19th-century gardens enhance an outstanding example of 15th-century domestic Tudor architecture at Athelhampton House and Gardens. Thomas Hardy called this place Athelhall in some of his writings, referring to the legendary King Aethelstan, who had a palace on this site. The current house includes the Great Hall, with much of its original timber roof intact, the King's Room, and the Library, with oak paneling and more than 3,000 books. The 10 acres of landscaped gardens

have a dozen giant yew pyramids.

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Sight Information


A35, 5 miles east of Dorchester, Dorchester, DT2 7LG, England

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Sight Details:

  • £12.50
  • Mar.–Oct., Sun.–Thurs. 10:30–5; Nov.–Feb., Sun. 11–dusk

Updated 05/28/2014


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