Homes and Gardens

Dorset has plenty of interesting homes to explore. There are ancient castles, country manors and beautiful abbeys. You can get an insight into the history of the county and the people who lived here and admire the beautiful architecture too. Many have glorious gardens, but Dorset is also home to some amazing garden-only attractions too.


Forde Abbey and gardens near Lyme Regis
Sherborne Abbey


Highcliffe Castle, Christchurch
Lulworth Castle
Sherborne Castle and Gardens

Historic homes

Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester
Edmondsham House and Gardens
Kingston Lacy
Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens
Mapperton House and Gardens
Russel-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth
Stock Gaylard
Wolfeton House

There are also the former homes of Thomas Hardy which are now National Trust properties.


Abbey Farm Flowers
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Aurelia Gardens and Tea Rooms
Bennetts Water Gardens
Borough Gardens
Boscombe Chine Gardens
Carey’s Secret Garden
Chiswell Walled Garden
Compton Acres
Coy Pond Gardens
Easton Gardens, Portland
Governor’s Community Garden, Portland
Greenhill Gardens
Holme for Gardens
Keyneston Mill
Knoll Gardens
Langmore and Lister Gardens
Littlebredy Walled Garden
Lower Gardens
Notthe Gardens
Radiploe Park and Gardens
Sandsfoot Gardens, Weymouth
Sculpture by the Lakes
The Manor Garden, Cranborne Estate
The Walled Garden Moreton
Victoria Gardens