As a Dorset native, I like to think I have visited most places of interest in the lovely county I am fortunate enough to live in, but I had never visited Kingston Maurward House and Gardens until yesterday. Despite it being May Day, spring wasn’t much in evidence as the sky remained cloudy and grey throughout most of the couple of hours my family and I spent there. However, it was still a pleasant stroll around the 35 acre gardens, which form part of the 750 acre estate and also contain a land-based college, working farm and dairy, equestrian centre and animal park.
As we walked beside the lake and through the many different types of garden; including Japanese, secret, terraced and Elizabethan walled gardens among many others, the sound which could be heard above all others was that of birdsong and running water from the stream. As it was quite a dull day, I don’t think we saw the gardens at their best, so a return journey is definitely on the cards. We didn’t walk round the animal park but many people, families especially, were doing so. There’s a shop and café at the entrance, but they are very small, so I recommend taking a packed lunch. There is a second café, which looked bigger, but is closed at the weekends.
If you’re in Dorset on a sunny day, pack a sandwich and go!
There’s a rich history to the estate, which you can read more of below: