Minterne Gardens

World Famous Collection of Rhododendrons and more

About the Gardens

Landscaped in the manner of Capability Brown the gardens are laid out in a horseshoe below Minterne House.

The trail is around a mile in length with benches at regular intervals so you can sit and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Minterne hosts a world renowned and completely unique collection of Himalayan Rhododendrons and Azaleas, with Spring bulbs, Cherries, Maples and many fine and rare trees. The gardens boast many other picturesque features with a chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. 

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A Corner of Paradise

For full details about amenities, facilities, opening times and accessibility please see our visitor information page or for help finding Minterne our finding us page should show you the way.

We have a month-by-month guide to give you an idea of what may be blossoming and blooming during your visit to Minterne. Our latest news, views and blog section provides a fascinating insight into life here at Minterne today whilst the ‘In the Media’ section shows all the latest coverage received from film, TV, radio and newspapers.

Perhaps you may prefer to step back in time and learn more about this ‘corner of paradise’ from our history section which explains the genesis and evolution of the gardens over the years.

Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    11th February to 9th November    *    Admission Price £6.00 (Children under 12 Free)
Season Tickets Available Here 

Dogs welcome on leads    *    Parking is FREE for visitors in the car park opposite St Andrews Church    *    Minterne currently offers a selection of cream teas (weather permitting - please phone ahead to confirm)    *    Please note: Unfortunately, Minterne Gardens feature many uneven surfaces and are therefore NOT SUITABLE for wheelchairs    *    Minterne House itself is a private residence and therefore not open to the public without prior consent.

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“You supported our impression of English people’s extraordinary kindness!” Gesche and Martin from Germany

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“Best Year Yet!” Jonathan E via TripAdvisor

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“Wonderful gardens. Been back to this garden for at least the sixth time. Highly recommended.”

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“Wonderful spring gardens” Ann A via TripAdvisor

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“Minterne Gardens was a great recommendation and was a refreshing change from National Trust formality.”

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“”This is our favourite place”

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“Minterne Garden looking beautiful today, my first visit, still discovering Dorset after 36yrs!”

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“Visited @Minterne_Garden, gorgeous place! Planned an hour, stayed an entireafternoon”

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” We had a lovely walk round. Its very peaceful. Its set in beautiful surrounds. Make sure you read all the information on the way round, it is very interesting.”

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“Very interesting plants and trees, water features and a small tearoom for refreshments make for a lovely way to spend an afternoon”

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