0 miles – Cranborne Village
Cranborne lies in the valley of the River Crane at the heart of an ancient woodland chase, part of a large expanse of chalk downland that includes nearby Salisbury Plain and Dorset Downs. A royal hunting venue from the time of King John to that of King James I, then later the headquarters of smuggling and poaching gangs, Cranborne is now a hub for rambles and sightseeing, and the home of an educational centre comprising numerous reconstructed historical buildings. The almost 800-strong village is located at the heart of the Cranborne Estate, whose sixteenth century Manor House and famous garden is one of the homes of Viscount Cranborne. Please ask us for an information leaflet.
0 miles – Cranborne Estate
The extensive farmland and woodland on the Estate are managed using traditional farming techniques and produce some of the country’s best rare breed speciality meats. At the centre of the Estate is the village of Cranborne which boasts a true village shop, Cranborne Stores, selling a comprehensive range of the Estate speciality meats and a mouth-watering selection of delicatessen items such as English cheeses, home-made pâtés, pies and terrines alongside the usual newspapers and sundry items.
1 mile – Edmondsham House
Charming blend of Tudor and Georgian architecture with interesting contents. Organic walled garden, 6 acre garden with unusual trees and spring bulbs. 12th century church nearby. Group visits by appointment. Additional exhibits are shown to exclusive groups.
6 miles- Chettle House
Set in 5 acres of lovely gardens, this charming Queen Anne manor house designed by Thomas Archer in 1710, is a nationally outstanding example of English Baroque. One of the highlights of the interior is the elegant Oak Entrance Hall, with its two flights of sweeping oak stairs, lined by fine family portraits, rising separately to meet at the balcony above. The beautiful Chettle Church, whose West Tower dates back to the early 16th century, offers a stunning backdrop to the gardens. Chettle House is a popular venue for weddings, civil ceremonies, photo shoots and filming.
9 miles – Wimborne Minster
For over 1300 years this Minster has been a centre for pilgrimage, prayer and worship. As a Minster in the early days it was a centre of mission, a home for a group of clergy who went out into the surrounding countryside to preach the Gospel. As a Parish Church today it has a central place in the lives of its members and in the life of the town. It is not a museum, although we have inherited some wonderful treasures from the past. It is a living centre for work, worship and prayer.
9 miles – Wimborne Market
Wimborne Market was founded in about 1855 by Thomas Ensor, who had already established a livestock market at Dorchester. During the late 19th and early 20th century the market also built up a very large produce auction and thousands of lots of fruit, vegetables, flowers, plants and eggs were sold every Tuesday.
Today the market still sells fresh fruit, veg, flowers and plants as well as a large Antiques Market.
12 miles – Kingston Lacy (National Trust)
Elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th-century house is noted for its lavish interiors.
The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK.
12 miles – Badbury Rings
Dating from the Iron Age, a period spanning the years from 800BC to immediately prior to the Roman occupation in AD43, the hill fort at Badbury was constructed on a site that was certainly occupied from much earlier times. This can be seen by the four Bronze Age (2200BC-800BC) round barrows, the most notable of which are the three that lie just to your right as you travel up the track to the present car park. Great for dog walking!
15 miles – Hall and Woodhouse Brewery Visitor Centre
Our Brewery Visitor Centre tells the story of Hall & Woodhouse through the ages and offers a unique insight into the workings of a brewery. The acclaimed design surroundings show the heritage of Hall & Woodhouse in a contemporary environment.