Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside is the 750 acre Kingston Maurward Estate with its 18th century mansion house, beautiful lake and formal gardens in the style of Capability Brown. With its parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian house and ornate rooms are the perfect location for picnics, weddings and conferences.

The Grand Hall’s ornate carvings set the scene for any occasion with the ornate reliefs playing light against dark and contrasting handsomely with the exquisite hand painted Italian wallpaper in the Pengelly Room.

The many gardens include The Red Garden, stunning Japanese Garden, Elizabethan Walled garden and the Crown Garden; plus the Temple of the Four Winds and a folly, the Grecian temple.


Today’s opening hours

The Gardens, Animal Park, Farm Shop and Visitor Centre are open to the public from February to November.


The Gardens, Animal Park, Farm Shop and Visitor Centre are open to the public from February to November. 

Please note opening times vary. Check the today tab for further details.  

Find Us
Find us

Car:  We are situated just off the Stinsford roundabout from the A35 about a mile from Dorchester.

Bus: Buses run from Dorchester on a limited daily service. 

Train: The nearest sations are Dorchester West serving Yeovil, Bristol and Bath; and Dorchester South serving Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Southampton. The estate can be reached in approximately 30 minutes, on foot, from Dorchester town centre or is a ten minute drive.  


Car park on site

  • Free


Bobs Cars 01305269500


Adults £6.95
Senior Citizens £6.50
Student Card Holders £6.50
Children (ages 4-16) £4.95
Children (age 3 or under) FREE

Family (2 adults & 2 children) £22.00
Family Plus (2 adults & 3 children) £26.00
Family Extra (2 adults & 4 children) £30.00

Disabled Visitors £4.50
Registered Carers FREE (accompanying a person in care)


  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group visits to the garden and can provide light refreshments, breakfast, lunch or dinner as required. 

For children we have a family friendly Animal Park with a playground and can provide catering options for children as well as adults. 

Please contact Tom Reynolds to arrange a group visit. 


01305 215003

A word from the owner

There is rumoured to be a ghost - The Grey Lady - who has been seen at the windows at the top of the house. A baby's cries can also be heard in the old nursery which is also on the top floor...

Fun Facts

Kingston Maurward’s impressive main house was originally built from red brick – in the classic Palladium style that characterised the period – by Thomas Archer or John James of Greenwich between 1717 and 1720 for George Pitt, cousin of the then Prime Minister, William Pitt.

King George 1 is rumoured to have been due to pay a visit to George Pitt but having learned the house was red brick stated his disgust and demanded the house be clad in Portland Stone!