Visit The Spooky Shrubbery at Minterne Gardens & Explore The Halloween Trails

From 22nd to 31st October

Venture along the Dawn Redwood Walk and discover MEGA COBWEBS.

In the Haunted Himalayan Hut tangles of silken threads of spiders webs adorn the walls (usually covered with accumulated dirt and dust!!)

OR will you discover a Bat Cave?!

Did you know that Bats are the only mammals capable of true flight with their extremely elongated fingers and a wing membrane stretched between. The bat’s wing anatomically resembles the human hand.

Look out and listen for spooky wildlife in the undergrowth! Spiders love to come inside for the warmth in the autumn OR are they lurking under leaves amongst the cyclamens??

For those intrepid daring visitors, other frights await on this Halloween Trail – the Creepy Hydrangea Archway, the Terrifying pterocarya (wingnut tree), Deadly Davidia & Weird Wisteria walkway.

Jack-o’-Lantern is a carved pumpkin – Can you find them around the garden with their strange flickering lights? How many can you discover with monster or funny faces?

And if all this activity has given you an appetite, why not visit the Café on the Terrace and sample the Halloween Cup Cakes & Treats on offer.

The Minterne Gardens Halloween Trail will be ready to explore from 22nd to 31st October.

Minterne Gardens is on the A352 Dorchester to Sherborne road
Adults £6
Children Free
Gardens open daily from 10am to 6pm
Car Park opposite the church
01300 341370

Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to 8th 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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“Best Year Yet!” Jonathan E via TripAdvisor


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


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“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”

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