Set in the Dorset countryside, near to Dorchester, Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park is one of Dorsets best kept secrets. The 35 acres of classical 18th century parkland and lawns sweep down to the lake from the Georgian House, built for George Pitt in 1720.
The Edwardian Gardens include a croquet lawn, rode garden, herbaceous borders and a large display of tender perennials, including the National Collection of Penstemons and Salvias. The Elizabethan Walled Garden is laid out to demonstrate which plants are suitable for growing in Dorset gardens. Ornamental plants predominate and include trials of shrubs, hedgerow plants, annuals, Dahlias and Sweet Peas.
There is also an Animal Park in the grounds which will prove popular with children and adults alike. With animals from rabbits, goats, sheep and llamas to see, there is sure to be plenty to see and do. With the 1 mile nature trail, which winds around the lake, with plenty of chairs to stop and rest, you can spend many a long hour enjoying the Dorset countryside in this splendid setting.
The listing of facilities at this location includes :
Gardens - Including many differing forms of garden, such as Japanese Garden, Terrace Garden, Rose Garden and Crown Garden.
Plant Centre - For the plant and garden enthusiasts.
Old Coach House Restaurant
Some of the paths and routes are not suitable for wheelchairs.