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A historic house in an unequalled setting, Minterne House is a unique family home.

You can visit the unique Himalayan gardens and wander ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ through Minterne’s wild woodland gardens and let the tranquility provide that perfect antidote to life’s stresses.

There are 27 acres of wild woodland garden, noted for the historic collection of Rhododendrons, Azaleas & Magnolias. As seen on BBC Gardeners' World and described as "a corner of paradise" by Simon Jenkins.

Choose Minterne as the venue for your special event, seminar, wedding or wedding reception. We offer boundless opportunities for entertaining and private dining for you and your guests.

Today’s opening hours

2 February to 10 November.

Daily: 10am - 6pm



2 February to 10 November.

Daily: 10am - 6pm

Find Us
Find us

On A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road. 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas Giant.



Car park on site

  • Car Park opposite the church is free for garden visitors
Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free.


Cerne Abbas Taxis 01300 34212


Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adults: £6
Under 12: Free 

Single season ticket price: £1750
Double season ticket price: £2750

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

Groups are welcome to visit the house and garden, refreshments can be provided as well as lunch and dinner.

Please contact us on 01300 341370 or email enquiries@minterne.co.uk



  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

Had it not been for you, we would not have had such a perfect venue for the reception. Everybody who came said that it was one of the best weddings they had been to. Thank you for all your kindness, guidance, help & advice.



At Minterne House we have four exquisite bedrooms located on the first floor for guests wishing to stay overnight. Each bedroom has been decorated individually with fine fabrics and furnishings to reflect its character and historical context. All have ensuite facilities as well as commanding spectacular views across the parkland. Larger numbers of guests may be accommodated at a number of good hotels nearby.

These rooms are only available in association with a Wedding, Conference or Private Dining Event at Minterne.

If you have many guests travelling from further afield, Minterne has partnered with excellent local hotel The George Albert in order to provide a discount for group bookings. 

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Minterne is the perfect venue for any number of corporate functions from seminars, director’s board meetings, strategy think tanks and marketing conferences, to product launches and awards presentations. An event in one of Dorset’s best country houses and great gardens of England is sure to make an unforgettable impression.

The stunning and historic grand Trafalgar Hall is a light room with floor to ceiling mullioned windows and barrel vaulted ceilings that can accommodate up to one-hundred guests for dining, for a theatre style conference or seminar we can accommodate up to 160 seated guests. If you are looking for a place where your company can socialise, up to 450 guests are able to enjoy drinks in grand hall.


  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

School Visits

We welcome visits from primary and secondary schools. 


Tours will be given by the owner if available, or the Head Gardener in his absence.