Historic Houses

Highcliffe Castle

A 19th century Grade I listed building, built by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. 5 partially restored staterooms housing a visitor centre and gallery featuring a changing programme of exhibitions. Guided tours…

Highcliffe Castle

Sherborne Castle

Built in 1594 by Sir Walter Raleigh. Set in 40 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds.

Sherborne Castle

Mapperton House and Gardens

A romantic valley garden surrounding an Elizabethan manor house with church, stable block, coach house, dovecote and courtyard. The Garden and Church are open for visitors from March - October and the…

Mapperton House and Gardens

Kingston Russell

Large 17th century manor house and gardens originally the seat of the Russell family

Kingston Russell

Forde Abbey

Former Cistercian monastery, now a privately owned house set in 30 acres of gardens

Forde Abbey

Clouds Hill

Isolated cottage that was the home to T. E. Lawrence ('Lawrence of Arabia'). It was donated to the National Trust after Lawrence's death and is now a museum, dedicated to Lawrence.

Clouds Hill

Roman Town House

4th century Roman villa discovered during excavations in the 1930s.

Roman Town House

Forde Abbey and Gardens

Once a Cistercian monastery, Forde Abbey is now a privately owned country house with 1,600-acre of landscaped gardens.

Forde Abbey and Gardens

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