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Open Daily, 10am–6pm, 1 Feb–1 Nov.


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Minterne Magna

On A352 Dorchester/Sherborne road, 2 miles north of Cerne Abbas.

27 acres (10.9ha)

01300 341370

Visit website


Non-member adult £6.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - February-March & June-November.


  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake

About the garden

Owned by
The Hon. Henry Digby

A hidden gem, Minterne Gardens is in the village of Minterne Magna in the Cerne Valley. As seen on BBC Gardeners' World, this historic rhododendron garden is at its peak in April and May. Voted one of the 10 prettiest gardens in England by The Times and described by Simon Jenkins as "a corner of paradise", lakes, streams and cascades appear at every turn round the horseshoe-shaped wild woodland garden. Minterne Gardens provides a peaceful oasis to watch the world go by, surrounded by vistas stretching into the distance. The scented garden offers a treat for the senses with the wisteria covered walkways, and with more than 200 acers in the garden, the autumn colours are stunning. Finish off a visit with afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the lake.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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