The Great Hall is the heart of Athelhampton House. Built in 1485, it would have served as the entire accommodation.
The Great Hall was then greatly added to throughout the centuries as the house became domesticated.
With its linenfold paneling heraldic stained glass, large fireplace and historic furnishings, the Great Hall is a fine example of Tudor architecture.
From the Great Hall you can enter the various rooms that make Athelhampton House. The Great Chamber and Library in the East Wing, through the The Kings Room, past the Wine Cellar and then upstairs to the Library. Then upward into the second floor to the Gallery, showing examples of the work of the artist Marevna, a Russian artist who painted in the cubist style and lived at Athelhampton from 1948 – 1957.
The West Wing houses a fine dining room, The Yellow Bedroom & State Bedroom, The Dressing Room and a Bathroom with a copper bath.
The glorious award winning Grade 1 listed garden, dating from 1891, is full of vistas and gains. The walled gardens include the world famous topiary yew pyramids, Ham Stone courts, and 15th-century Dovecote. The Kitchen Garden began it's restoration in 2014 and is being restored to it’s former glory, starting with fruit trees, herb borders and vines and continuing evolve over the next few years.
Athelhampton is a Historic Houses/Christie's Garden of the Year Award winner.
Today’s opening hours
1st March - 31st October: Sunday to Thursday 10am - 5pm.
1st March - 31st October: Sunday to Thursday 10am - 5pm.
1st November to 28th February: Sunday only 10.30am - 4.30pm.
Athelhampton is located 5 miles east of Dorchester, off the A35 at the Puddletown Northbrook Junction, then follow the brown signs for 1 mile. For Sat Nav directions enter the postcode DT2 7LG.
There is a public bus that runs Monday to Saturday, this stops outside Athelhampton.
Dorchester is 7 miles from Athelhampton and is served by two train stations, London - Weymouth line and Bristol to Weymouth line, a coach station and taxi firms.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Dorset Cars 01305 250666
Historic Houses members visit for free.
Children 6-16: £3.00
Student (with ID): £9.25
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible toilets
Athelhampton welcomes Group Bookings, whether arriving individually or by coach. Visitors enjoy their visit to the fabulous house and its stunning interiors and the stunning grade 1 listed gardens.
We offer discounted admission prices for pre-booked groups of 12 or more, making your day with us excellent value. A further discount is available when you book one of our catering packages for your group. Our group admission rate for 2018 is £9.50 per person, a discount from our usual Adult / Senior admission prices.
To enhance your day we offer a range of talks and guided tours, which can be customised by our head steward to suit your groups particular interest.
With our stunning 15th-century house and picturesque gardens, Athelhampton House and Gardens can provide the dream wedding venue for your country or manor house wedding,
We accommodate wedding ceremonies, receptions and parties on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year.
Thank you so much for all of your help and hard work that went into making our wedding a day we will never forget. We have had many glowing comments from our guests on how beautiful the venue is and how delicious the food was! We would highly recommend Athelhampton House.
The quintessential english manor
A private country house with beautiful, architectural gardens, handsome heritage buildings and professional service within a stunning location, make an Athelhampton Wedding your perfect choice.
With the faint scent of the log fire and the richness of oak combined with soft candle light to create an unforgettable atmosphere, the house is the ideal venue for a wedding ceremony, drinks reception or intimate dinner.
Wander through the stone walled gardens, enter the Great Court, with its yew pyramids and sunken lawn, the ideal space for croquet. Lead on through the Corona into the Lion's Mouth, our subtropical garden. Keep exploring for a wealth of magical photographic moments.
Our thatched stable building hosts an elegant suite of rooms for your enjoyment. With its oak panelling and minstrels' gallery the Long Hall is an expression of distinction, the enclosed courtyard Conservatory with Purbeck stone floor and neutral decor is an elegant room with space for you to create a personal setting.
A successful day requires an expertly managed and professionally executed plan. Each Athelhampton wedding is individually planned and tailor made to your requirements. Whether your guest list is 12 or 300, our wedding planners will work with you to ensure stress free, relaxing planning for an equally delightful day in our historic setting.
Athelhampton's Head Chef will prepare a delicious menu based solely upon your requirements. Our kitchen prepares fresh, local and seasonal food for you and your friend and family to enjoy. A menu created from your personal preferences using the best that Dorset & the West Country has to offer.
River Cottage sits in an exclusive spot in Dorset, neighbouring the historic stately home of Athelhampton House.
Reached by bridge over the stream which runs through the extended garden of the cottage. The cottage offers a private rural setting where you can indulge yourself in unending golf practise on the properties' private 9 tee, three hole golf course.
The cottage provides comfortable countryside style with ensuite bathrooms for each bedroom. From the sitting room French windows lead onto the private patio where the tranquillity of the coutryside setting can be enjoyed.
Nestled under a thatched room this is a unique Dorset cottage perfect for relaxing into a slower pace of life.
Athelhampton offers conference services to local, national and international businesses and organisations.
We offer a range of facilities and rooms whilst open to the public and privately when we are closed. We have to offer our superb Media Suite, the large Long Hall with flexible seating and a selection of smaller meeting rooms. Dining facilities are provided.
We offer simple pricing for your event, fully inclusive of equipment that you may require. We can provide catering for lunch, dinner or just refreshments for break time.
Many thanks for everything yesterday and over the past few weeks in preparation for last night's wonderful Annual Dinner, which as usual went perfectly.
We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools.
Our Heritage is of great importance to us at Athelhampton, and we work hard to maintain Athelhampton for future generations. As part of our work we welcome schools and their pupils who’s curriculum can be supported by a visit to Athelhampton.
Our education staff are welcoming to pupils of all ages. We help your pupils take a step back in time to imagine and explore what all aspects of life would have been like in tudor times.
We make the school visits relevant to the Key Stage 2 national curriculum study, focusing on characteristic features of the periods and societies being studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children.