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Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park

2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • All Ages
  • Stately Homes and Gardens, Children's Farms

Attraction Information

Even wet weather cannot detract from the beautiful grounds and lake at Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park.

This family friendly day out is ideal for little ones and it won’t break the bank either! There are so many animals to see including goats, ponies, lots of diverse types of birds, pigs, ducks and Ben and Jerry the two alpacas! The grade 2 listed gardens are fantastic open spaces where little kids (and big ones too) can run free.

The 35 acres feature lakes and gardens from diverse eras, designs and cultures such as The Japanese Garden and The Elizabethan Walled Garden.  The Park Café sells snacks, light refreshments and fresh coffee and during term time the Coach House Café, which serves hot meals, salads and snacks, is open next to the Main House.

An impressive and enjoyable day out for all the family!

  • Seasonal events throughout the year
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Keeper for the Day and Junior Keeper experiences available
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Opening hours

1st November - 30th November
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 16:30

1st February - 31st October
Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Last Entry

1 hours before attraction closes


General Admission
Adults: £6.95
Kids: £4.95
Seniors: £6.50
Family (2 adults, 2 kids): £22.00

Travel & Contact Information


Kingston Maurward, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 8PY, England

Phone number

01305 215000



Click here to visit Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park is not wheelchair friendly.

The garden is grade II listed so certain parts of it are inaccessible for visitors with mobility difficulties and those with pushchairs. However, many parts of the garden are accessible but visitors should be advised that there are gravel paths, steps and steep slopes in places.

No, Kingston Maurward Gardens & Animal Park have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Assistance/Guide Dogs only


Not very pushchair or toddler/ baby friendly 2 out of 5 stars

We visited on a weekday in March, and it was not what we were expecting at all. I think we were pretty much the only visitors there and everyone else were students. We didn't mind, but it was a little bit strange to be the only family in a canteen style restaurant where everyone else was a student! I think at the weekends there is a cafe which is probably more suitable for a family with a toddler, but this wasn't open when we visited. After having our lunch we were keen to find baby changing facilities and asked several separate people where they were and ended up walking all round this building where people were working, going up and down in lifts and never found any baby changing facilities. Eventually we discovered one changing table in the ladies' toilets near the entrance. Another issue- there are LOTS of steps. We've never visited anywhere where we had to carry the pushchair up and down so many sets of steps. Also, if you visit in winter/ rainy weather with a pushchair many paths are too wet and boggy to be accessible. The gardens were nice and our toddler enjoyed looking at the rabbits and guinea pigs. I think on a lovely sunny day we probably could have overlooked some of the faults, but on a rainy day in March the lack of facilities for babies and poor pushchair access spoiled the day for us a bit and we didn't stay long.

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