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Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, Dorchester, Dorset

Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park
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Set in idyllic surroundings Kingston Maurward Gardens are Dorset’s best kept secret. A tranquil, and peaceful spot, the gardens are situated in undulating Dorset countryside, with a lake, canals, broad sweeping and formal gardens.

Kingston Maurward House was built around 1720 for George Pitt, a cousin of Prime Minister Pitt and is an excellent example of a House of this period. The gardens were laid out in the “Jardin Anglais” style popularised by Capability Brown. The formal gardens consist of a matrix of small gardens each with its own theme and there are also tree trails, lakeside walks and a delightful walled garden.

The Animal Park has an interesting collection of animals, including rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats, Shetland ponies and lots more. There is also a large play area for children and plenty of space for a picnic. The Visitor Centre provides information on the Animal Park and Gardens and has a wide variety of plants and gifts for sale.

Special events take place throughout the year.


Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes - Please pre-book
Catering: Restaurant

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