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Planning your visit at Badbury Rings

Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset
Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Badbury Rings is free to visit for everyone, and there's no booking required. Here are some things you might need to know when you visit.

Car park

There is a pay-and-display car park, which is free for National Trust members (please scan your membership card for an all-day ticket). Charges apply for non-members: £1.50 an hour, £4 all day. Every membership card scanned or ticket bought helps us maintain this beautiful place for future generations.

Food and drink

In 2024, there is a food and drink trailer stationed in the car park throughout the summer and autumn. It will be open Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays outside school holidays until the end of October, and Friday-Tuesday during the summer holidays (24 July-3 Sept). There will be a range of hot and cold drinks and snacks, including dog treats.

On other days, there is a a cafe serving a wide range of light lunches, snacks and drinks at Kingston Lacy, c.2 miles down the road.

Help and information

Look out for a National Trust Welcome van in the car park throughout the summer and autumn 2024. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any questions about this special place, as well as providing inspiration for local walks.

Grazing animals

You will often see sheep and cows at Badbury Rings. They are an important part of the conservation work on the estate, keeping invasive species in check through their grazing. Look out for signs that will tell you about planned grazing dates, and please keep your dog on a lead when there are livestock present.

Other facilities

Please be aware there are no toilets at Badbury Rings.

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