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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

01300 341370

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Opening Hours

10am–6pm, daily, 1 Feb–1 Nov.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.


  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Water garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Henry Digby

A hidden gem, Minterne Gardens is in the village of Minterne Magna in the Cerne Valley. This historic woodland garden holds a wonderful collection of the rhododendrons and numerous mature specimen trees such as Davidia, Acer, Magnolia and a whole host of conifers, underplanted with shrubs, perennials and inspiring groundcover.     

The 11ha (27 acre) garden benefits from a valley topography and this gives a true feel of the Himalaya. 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 Dorset landscape. The authentic Himalayan Hut provides a restful place for explorers and the newly constructed 'Pagolion', a unique hybrid structure crossed between a pagoda and a pavilion, is a sight to behold.

Finish your visit with afternoon tea and cake on the terrace overlooking the lake.

Please note: this garden is partially accessible.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Grasses
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

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