Attractions in Gardens

  • The only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

  • Ruined 12th century castle built for the Bishops of Salisbury. The castle was destroyed during the English Civil War by Parliamentary forces

  • Large 11th century castle that now lies in ruins since it was slighted in the English Civil War. It still cuts a majestic form dominating the village below

  • Iron Age hillfort located just outside of Dorset.

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

  • Originally founded in 1765 as a kitchen garden, the site now occupies 20 acres and is stocked with a range of exotic plants many of which were newly-discovered species at the time

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

  • Small 15th century chapel set on the hill overlooking Abbotsbury and the coast beyond.

  • Whilst now only a parish church Sherborne Abbey has been a Saxon cathedral and a Benedictine abbey. The majority of the building is Norman in origin although Saxon features remain.

  • 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.

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