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Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens

#8 of 40 things to do in Dorchester Features Animals
Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY, England
+44 1305 215000
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Our grandkids would love it

My wife and I most have driven past here loads of times,but never ventured in. So today we had... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Great place

I've been a few times with my young son, with mummy friends and with my husband. Animals... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Hannah K
Wareham, United Kingdom
via mobile
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Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester DT2 8PY, England
+44 1305 215000
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife and I most have driven past here loads of times,but never ventured in. So today we had half a day getting bored at home and on a whim decided to visit. Was not expecting a lovely place. As its a working college we...More

Thank poolehornet
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I've been a few times with my young son, with mummy friends and with my husband. Animals entertained the little ones - you can get close enough for them to be seen. The walk around the lake is easy enough with prams too. Reasonable price...More

Thank Hannah K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Recent visit to Kingston Maurward park was pleasantly surpirsed. This has a good range of animals which you can feed and kept our daughter entertained for a few hours. Includes a small playpark which was in good condition and extensive grounds to wander around.

Thank sam r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to the gardens today what a refreshing change to visit somewhere that have put some proper thought into making a visit good for disabled visitors. Excellent signage, lots of ramp access and proper sized disabled toilets. All this plus very friendly staff and paths...More

Thank Rachwhor
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an affordable day out (£16 with Groupon for a family of six..one pensioner (£6).. 1 under 3 (free) and a family of four (£10 with Groupon) which is becoming rare, you didn't have to take out a second mortgage to afford this treat...More

Thank Ernie H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited the park and gardens yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Animals were all well cared for and so nice to be able to hand feed them. A lot of topiary which was perfectly maintained, grass was all well cut and...More

Thank Annette C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The extensive gardens have a lot of flora but not enough maintenance. Labels are missing which is frustrating when you seek to learn from the experience. In high summer the perennials will be a picture. The grounds are extensive and the walks attractive. There are...More

Thank Phil C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location is in the grounds of a large country house which contains both an horticultural college and a childrens play area c/w some tame animals in enclosures. The gardens are splendid and well kept and lead down to a large lake which offers picnicing...More

Thank thegrumpyoldgit
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Super friendly staff. Really enjoyed the animals and for once a small playpark but not one which distracted toddler from everything else. Only had a takeaway cuppa but made with perfection! The garden is a little tatty, weedy, at the moment. But that happens in...More

Thank Foxy1976
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Kingston Maurward is a place of multiple personality. Peace and tranquility of the grounds and the beautiful lake and then the farm/animal area. Literally something for everyone. Visiting during lambing is a great experience or any of the events that take place from wedding to...More

Thank Lesleyannbarlow4845
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Hi, How do I get there using public transport. Thx
7 August 2016|
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Response from VickyInspired | Reviewed this property |
Hello, much like the last reviewer, I don't think you can get public transport there. I think the students who study there during the week have a specific bus/coach for them.