Please see below for a selection of reviews from visitors 

Waterfall and plants

One of the many waterfalls our visitors particularly enjoy


“No improvement required. Beautiful Spring riot of flowers.”


“It was glorious. Coffee on the lawns would have been nice!!!”

Thank-you for your kind words. Please feel free to bring a flask of coffee next time. We might even join you!


“Come at the beginning of May – rhododendrons fantastic. I would like more info/pics on the plants to take away.”

Thank you for your feedback. This is something we will look into. We will also be adding more information about the plants to our website.


“No need to improve the garden, it is already stunning; why gild the lily?Wonderful scenery.”

gardens in full bloom

“Thoroughly delightful, so colourful! Nice boards to explain what we are seeing. The garden experience itself is close to perfect! Especially in May with so much colour.”


“This was our slowest ‘mile’ for a long time and every minute was a delight (over 2 1/2 hours!!)”


“Don’t think you could improve our experience of the garden. Lovely in May last time, (stunning really!) and so lovely along streams this time.”


“Delightful – will make an effort to come again in Spring/May as from Cornwall, so unexpected pleasure in seeing so many wonderful plants out of Cornwall. Love the signage. Good descriptions & history.”


“I don’t think you could improve our experience of the garden – peace – tranquility – beautiful weather (not down to you I know!) & informative boards and spaced seating areas – perfect. Maybe a map so we could choose a path before exploring!

Handmap of minterne

Thank you for your positive feedback. As a result we have added a map at the visitors entrance and outside Minterne House itself. Feel free to print off our map of the gardens (opens in new window) as well, so you can plan your journey even before you arrive!


“A lovely peaceful stroll; quite magical. Fantastic planting. I don’t think you could improve it.”



“Difficult to improve on such a beautifully managed & maintained garden. Labels on plants, particularly more unusual ones, would be good.”


“We always love coming to this garden – it’s so peaceful, & we can bring our dog with us.”

We hope your dog enjoyed it as well!


“It was idyllic as it was – the gardeners were very friendly & the garden so peaceful. Thank you.”


“Loved the garden. Extremely peaceful – well worth the entrance fee!”


“Demi-Paradise. Especially the river walk. I attend a Sherborne Summer Music School & stayed on for 3 days to enjoy Dorset gardens. Minterne is a high spot.” Mark Lowe


“Wonderful gardens, especially down by the river & the bridges.”bridge in Minterne gardens



“It was lovely to read the informative notices around the garden – someone with a sense of humour had written them!”


“The best I can say is that I very much look forward to coming again! Please do not change the informality of the walk, it is delightful.”


“I have been coming here for many many years – it is better than ever this year!”


“It is wonderful in each & every season. We keep coming to enjoy the peace & tranquility.” Robert & Maureen Burton


Notice point in garden

One of the notices we have at Minterne. Each one explains a little of the history and surrounding botany.


“A brilliant garden – breathtaking. Thank you for the informative notices.”
“The garden experience itself is close to perfect! Especially in May with so much colour.”


“The internet photo didn’t do it justice. Could not in our opinion be improved. The azaleas & rhododendrons were breathtaking. The colours wonderful, & the stream walk all magical. Lovely to be able to take our small dog round too. Thank you.”


“Thoroughly enjoyed the visit, hope to return in the Spring.”


“We have come for many years – over 20, & we love the gardens.”

Thank you for your continued support


“This has been a wonderful afternoon. We really appreciated the tranquility & personal nature of the garden. The written notes made us feel that we were privileged to be in a garden where each plant was named & loved. Thank you so much.”


“The garden is close to perfection. Have been here 3 times & will return.” A. Dawcke, Dusseldorf, Germany on the recommendation of Rhododendron Dealer (van Gelderen, Netherlands)


“My grandfather, Andrew Perry, was a gardener here in 1901 & we were interested to see where he worked.”

Wow! Thank you for visiting. We have a page dedicated to the history of the garden you may also be interested in.

Watercolour of Minterne House circa 1970

Watercolour of Minterne House – painted by Robert Sherborne the illegitimate son of Robert Digby circa 1790

View of Minterne House from a distance

View of Minterne House as it is today


“The garden is absolutely superb, & we really enjoyed the walk along the river.” Jessica Pine, age 11

Thank you Jessica. It is lovely to know that the gardens are being enjoyed by our “younger visitors” too!


Feel free to tell us about your experiences using the channels on the left. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement. 



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


“Best Year Yet!” Jonathan E via TripAdvisor


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


“Wonderful spring gardens” Ann A via TripAdvisor


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


“”This is our favourite place”


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


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


” 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.”


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


“A little corner of Peaceful England”


“Glorious woodland gardens – a joy to behold”


"Beautifully laid out Himalayan gardens incorporating a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs accessed by level paths. Fascinating, different and quiet. Well worth a visit. Entry £5 per person via honesty box." apatish3 Horsham, United Kingdom Via...

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