Gardens to visit in Dorset

There's flowery meadows and secluded gardens to visit in Dorset, offering an abundance of life and colour throughout all seasons. Browse below the selection of gardens in Dorset that are cared for by the National Trust, waiting to take you away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.

Kingston Lacy

The garden at Kingston Lacy

With crisp air and the crunch of frosty leaves underfoot, the garden at Kingston Lacy is as sure to delight in winter as much as any other season. Throughout December enjoy the enchanting Christmas illuminations. Visit in late January and throughout February to see over 40 varieties of snowdrop create a spectacular display throughout the garden.

The view across the garden to Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace in 1840 of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy's garden 

Discover Thomas Hardy's garden at the cottage in Dorset, where he was born and spent his early years.

The garden at Max Gate

The garden

When Hardy bought the plot of land on which to build his grand house it was almost completely bare. He planted a shelter of trees to screen the house and gradually created a beautiful garden around it. As well as a vegetable garden and flower beds, Max Gate has a croquet lawn and the Nut Walk. Hardy created this walk between the east wall and a hedge. Weather and health permitting, he would walk here every day.