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Established in 1765 and extended to 20 acres of Grade 1 listed magnificent woodland valley gardens. The collection contains rare and exotic plants.  
Opening Times: Every day except Christmas. Mar-Oct 10am-5/6pm. Winter 10am-4pm.
Entrance fee: Adult. £7.50. Concessions.
Daytime Tel: 01305 871130
Email: info@abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk
Website: www.abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk

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Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manors. Its Tudor Great Hall is exceptional. Its Grade 1 listed award winning gardens date from 1891.  
Opening Times: Mar to Oct 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday to Thursday. Nov-Feb Sundays only 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Entrance fee: Adults £8.50. Concessions.
Daytime Tel: 01305 848363
Email: enquiry@athelhampton.co.uk
Website: www.athelhampton.co.uk

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Athelhampton is one of the finest 15thC manors. Its Tudor Great Hall is exceptional. Its Grade 1 listed award winning gardens date from 1891.  
Opening Times: Mar to Oct 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday to Thursday. Nov-Feb Sundays only 10.30am – 5.00pm.
Entrance fee: Adults £8.50. Concessions
Daytime Tel: 01305 848363
Email: enquiry@athelhampton.co.uk
Website: www.athelhampton.co.uk

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A Queen Anne manor house with a 5 acre garden including lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and a new rose garden.  
Opening Times: Easter to end September 11.00-17.00
Entrance fee: £3.50
Daytime Tel: 01258 830858
Email: noemail@anywhere.com
Website: www.aboutbritain.com/chettlehouse.htm

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A Queen Anne manor house with a 5 acre garden including lawns, colourful herbaceous borders and a new rose garden.  
Opening Times: Easter to end September Suns only. 11am - 5pm
Entrance fee: £3.50
Daytime Tel: 01258 830 858
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The rural retreat of TE.Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who bought this isolated cottage in 1925.  
Opening Times: Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun. 1Apr - 31 Oct, 12 noon - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £3.10
The castle controlled the gateway through the Purbeck Hills. It is one of England’s most majestic ruins, dating from the 13th and 14th centuries.  
Opening Times: Daily except Dec 25,26; opens 10am, closes 4,5 or 6pm
Season: All year.
Entrance fee: £4.70, child £2, groups £4.10
Daytime Tel: 01929 481294
Email: corfecastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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A charming blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture with an interesting interior.  
Opening Times: Open Wednesdays and Mon holidays, Apr to Oct 2pm - 5pm
Entrance fee: £3.00
Thomas Hardy was born in this small cottage in 1840 and, from her, went to school in Dorchester. The cottage has remained largely unchanged.  
Opening Times: Open. Daily except Tue and Wed. 1 Apr - 1 Nov 11am - 5pm
Entrance fee: £3.00
An atmospheric L-shaped 16th century house. It looks out over the downs , solitary and beautiful. Tours by the owner  
Opening Times: Open. May - Sept. By appointment only
Home of the Bankes family for 300 years, this 17th century house was substantially altered in the substantially altered in the 19th.  
Opening Times: Daily except Mon., Tues., 20 March-31 October, 11.00-17.00
Season: 20 March-31 October
Entrance fee: £7.20 house and grounds
Daytime Tel: 01202 883402
Email: kingstonlacy@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wessex

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The gardens at Lower Severalls include a herb garden, mixed borders and island beds.  
Opening Times: Mid Mar.-end Sept., Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10.00-17.00 or by appointment
Entrance fee: £3.00
Daytime Tel: 01460 73234
Email: mary@lowerseveralls.co.uk
Website: www.lowerseveralls.co.uk

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The castle was built in the 17th century as a hunting lodge. Since 1641, it has been the home of the Weld family.  
Opening Times: April-October, 10.30-18.00. November-March, except 23 Dec.-9 Jan., 10.30-16.00
Season: All year except 23 Dec. t
Entrance fee: £7.00, £5.00, £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01929 400352
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/lulworth

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This is one of the finest and largest iron age hill forts in Europe. Its massive banks enclose an area equivalent to 50 football pitches.  
Opening Times: Unrestricted
Season: Unrestricted
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/maiden

The gardens surround the Jacobean manor house. A unique valley garden.  
Opening Times: Daily 1 Mar.-30 Oct. 14.00-18.00
Entrance fee: Gardens £4.00. Groups by arrangement.
Daytime Tel: 01308 862645
Email: office@mapperton.com
Website: www.mapperton.com

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An Elizabethan mansion of the 1590Æs, extended in the 1660Æs and redecorated in the 18th century. The interior is primarily Jacobean in character  
 
Entrance fee: £2.50
Daytime Tel: 01308 862 645
Email: office@mapperton.com
Website: www.mapperton.com

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Home of the novelist and poet,Thomas Hardy. He designed this house and lived in it from 1885 until his death in 1926.  
Opening Times: Open. Mon. Wed. Sun. 31 Mar. - 29 Sept. 2pm - 5pm.
Entrance fee: £2.60
King Athelstan of Wessex founded a collegiate church in Milton in 933. King Edgar made this a Benedictine monastery in 964.  
Opening Times: All year by arrangement.
Entrance fee: Free. Donatons welcome.
Daytime Tel: 01258 880215
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The fort overlooking Portland Harbour has enjoyed a colourful history. It was built to defend Weymouth harbour from French or Spanish invasion.  
Opening Times: April-October daily, 10.00-16.00,17.00 or 18.00. Closed Nov-March.
Season: Daily, April-Oct.
Entrance fee: £3.50, £2.60, £1.80.
Daytime Tel: 01305 820539
Email: customers@english-heritage.org.uk
Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/portland

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The Museum houses the world's largest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks to the latest British battle tank.  
Opening Times: Daily 10am - 5pm.
Season: Open all year.
Entrance fee: Adult £8.50
Daytime Tel: 01962 462359
Email: groups@tankmuseum.co.uk
Website: www.tankmuseum.co.uk

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A fine medieval and Elizabethan manor house lying at the confluence of two rivers.  
Opening Times: Mon., Wed., Thurs., June-September, 14.00-17.30
Entrance fee: £4.00
Daytime Tel: 01305 263500
Email: kthimbleby@wolfeton.freeserve.co.uk
Website: www.touruk.co.uk/houses/housedor_wolf.htm

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Gold award. Set in fine walking country. Superb views over the countryside.  
 
Email: cairnhill@talk21.com
Compton Acres Gardens are set in the beautiful area overlooking Poole Harbour.  
Opening Times: April-September 09.00-18.00. Oct.-Mar. 09.00-16.00
Entrance fee: £5.95 summer, £2 winter
Daytime Tel: 01202 700778
Email: sales@comptonacres.co.uk
Website: www.comptoonacres.co.uk

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A classical 18th century park setting with lawns sweeping down from the Georgian house.  
Opening Times: 5 Jan.-19 Dec. 10.00-17.30 or dusk if earlier
Entrance fee: £5.00 Groups (10+) £4.50
Daytime Tel: 01305 215003
Email: events@kmc.ac.uk
Website: www.kmc.ac.uk

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This well maintained 6 acre garden has over 6,000 labelled plants from all over the world.  
Opening Times: 2nd Feb.-17 Dec., Wed.-Sun., 10.00-17.00 or dusk if earlier.
Entrance fee: £2.75 winter, £4.25 main season, groups £3.25.
Daytime Tel: 01202 873931
Website: www.knollgardens.co.uk

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18th century landscape woodland gardens are laid out below Minterne House.  
Opening Times: Daily 1 Mar.-31 Oct. 10.00-18.00
Entrance fee: £3.00
Daytime Tel: 01300 341 370
Email: enquiries@minterne.co.uk
Website: www.minterne.co.uk

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