Gardens in Dorset

There's plenty of autumn colour to be found in a garden near you. The gardens we care for in and around Dorset are great places to get fresh air, find inspiration and stretch your legs.

Visiting this winter

We’ve reopened the places you love, safely and in line with government guidance. You no longer need to pre-book at many of our places in England, although some smaller places may still require booking ahead. Please check the property webpage before you travel.

Wearing a face covering is a personal choice, although they are recommended in crowded and enclosed places. Thank you for making this a safe experience for everyone.

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy 

From the winding paths of a Victorian fernery and a Japanese-inspired garden to the strict geometry of formal bedding and the Kitchen Garden, there’s plenty to explore beyond Kingston Lacy’s acres of sweeping lawn and woodland walks.

The red brick house at Max Gate viewed from the garden in early autumn

Autumn at Max Gate

At Max Gate the garden is a feast for the eyes in October, with dappled light coming through the trees and squashes growing in the vegetable garden.

A wheelbarrow full of rosy apples in the garden at Hardy's Cottage on a fine autumn day

Hardys Cottage

Take a stroll through the traditional cottage garden at Hardy's much loved childhood home and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and scents of the season. Pick a fallen apple from the same orchard where Hardy helped his father gather apples for cider. The adjoining Thorncombe Woods are perfect for an autumn stroll.

A winter scene at Stourhead

Stourhead's winter display

As winter arrives, the garden temples take pride of place offering wonderful view-points across the lake. Look out for the fiery orange of the willows on the island closest to Pantheon which add a pop of colour to the wintry scene.

The Pantheon seen from across the lake in the winter at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Places to visit in the South West 

See the full list places we care for in the South West by county.

Latest visiting update 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops, countryside locations and many houses are open. You no longer need to pre-book at many places. Some still require booking ahead, so please check the property webpage before you travel.​