In the Media

Minterne has been featured in films, television, radio, broadsheet newspapers and books. We have compiled these for you to enjoy as well as links to the original sources.

We have a beautiful video curated from the artistic talents of the Royal Horticultural Society ‘Photographer of the Year 2012’ Josie Elias Click here to view more of Josie’s work.

Minterne has been named as one of the top gardens to visit by both the Times and the Independent. You can read these reviews here. Minterne has even been described as a “Corner of Paradise” in Simon Jenkins book England’s 1,000 Best Houses.

Minterne has also featured on the popular BBC television programme Gardener’s World. During a visit to Minterne in 2014 they examined the famous Rhododendron shrubs and their long history.

Why not take a look at our Youtube channel where we have curated a number of videos by professionals and amateurs alike who have visited us over the years.

20th March 2014 – BBC Radio Solent took some time to interview owner Henry Digby and head gardener Ray Abraham discussing the current early flowering Magnolia Campbellii in the gardens at Minterne. This astonishing display occurs every ten years and given the ideal recent weather conditions the gardens are looking truly amazing.Ray talks about the historic Rhododendron garden which is not to be missed.

Films and Television

Minterne has been the setting for several films and television programmes. You can click each title to see it’s original trailer or for more information about Minterne as a film venue click here.

Tom Jones (1963) Starring Susannah York, Albert Finney. Filmed at Minterne and Cerne Abbey.

Far from the Madding Crowd (1967) Starring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch & Terence Stamp. John Schlesinger’s film adaptation.

Stranger than Fiction (1998)  Westcountry Television Ltd

Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1990s), LWT Limited. Notes: features Dogbury Hill at Minterne.

The Russians are coming (2009) a documentary for Channel 4 which was screened on Friday 7th August 2009.

Tamara Drewe (2010) starring ‘Bond Girl’ Gemma Arterton. Working in partnership with Momentum Pictures, West Dorset’s tourism team promoted the film release, and once again the stunning scenery of West Dorset starred as a backdrop on the big screen. Press and production companies are welcome to contact us using the form below or call us on 01300 341370.

Gardens Open Daily
10am – 6pm    *    1st February to end of 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.