Days Out

Kingston Lacy, National Trust –

Kingston Lacy is an elegant Country Mansion set in delightful formal grounds and extensive parkland. Kingston Lacy is approximately 11.5 miles from The Museum and makes for a very enjoyable excursion. Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th century house is noted for its lavish interiors.  Set in 8,500 acres the house is home to the largest private collection of Egyptian Artefacts in the UK. There is also an extensive Art Collection including paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck and Titian. There are garden and park events throughout the spring and summer months. Including open-air theatre, concerts and children’s activity days.

Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, Dorset  BH21 4EA
Telephone:  01202 883402


The Larmer Tree

Set in the outstanding landscape of Cranborne Chase and approximately three miles west of The Museum, the Larmer Tree gardens are recognised by English Heritage as gardens of national importance. The Larmer Tree plays host to the Larmer Tree Festival which is a five day, non-stop music and street theatre festival every July. The Victorian Pavillion Tea Room is open on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP5 5PT
Garden Information:  01725 516228


The Cranborne Estate

Nestling in the heart of East Dorset and approximately eight miles east of Farnham, the Cranborne Estate is a thriving business dedicated to the local community offering a garden centre, Manor House, Tea Room and Village Store.  The garden centre and Tea Rooms are also highly recommended for a leisurely browse.

Cranborne Manor, Cranborne, Wimborne, Dorset  BH21 5PP
Telephone:  01725 517248


Wilton House

This historic and magnificent house is situated approximately twenty miles east of Farnham and is the home to the current Earl of Pembroke. Wilton House and its historic architecture and art treasures is a fantastic place to visit. Set in 21 acres of mature parkland there are attractions for all the family. From house and garden tours to children’s adventure playground and exhibitions of a Tudor kitchen and Victorian laundry.

Wilton House, Wilton, Salisbury. SP2 0BJ
Telephone:  01722 746714


Chettle House

Situated in the feudal Dorset village of Chettle, just a couple of miles from The Museum, Chettle House is a stunning Queen Anne Manor house (designed by Thomas Archer in 1710) set in 5 acres of lovely gardens. The elegant Oak Entrance Hall is a highlight with its two flights of sweeping oak stairs, lined by fine family portraits, rising separately to meet at the balcony above. The beautiful St Mary’s Church, whose West Tower dates back to the early sixteenth century, offers a stunning backdrop to the gardens.  These gardens offer a spectacular array of planting and blend traditional design with inspired modern ideas. The result is a garden rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality.


Wimborne Minster

Approximately 10 miles from the Museum is the market town of Wimborne where Wimborne Minster is to be found.  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.


Badbury Rings (National Trust)

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.


Stourhead House & Gardens 
Near Mere, BA12 6QD

World-famous 18th-century landscape garden, Palladian mansion, parkland, woods and chalk downs with enchanting temples, monuments and rare planting around a tranquil lake. The Palladian mansion is filled with Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings.  Spectacular views from the top of King Alfred’s Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain.


Athelhampton House and Gardens
Athelhampton, Dorchester, Dorset  DT2 7LG

Athelhampton House and its estate and gardens have been in private ownership for over five hundred years.


Salisbury Cathedral

One of the finest medieval Cathedrals in Britain. For over 750 years pilgrims have come to Salisbury to seek inspiration in the glory and peace of the building and surrounding Cathedral Close. Whether you come to worship, to marvel at or climb up to Britain’s tallest spire, to be awed by the beauty and scale of the cathedral interior or to study the original Magna Carta in the Chapter House.