Wimborne Minster Things to Do
This makes a nice place to visit on a good summers day.Over the last 40 years Knoll has progressed from a market garden to a botanic,specialising in Australian plants,to today's naturalistic display garden.
The gardens are set in 4 acres and specialise in ornamental grasses and perennials,many of which can be purchased in the shop.Seating is available in several places around the grounds.
Open - Tuesday to Saturday !0 am - 5 pm
RHS members free.Related to:
A Vintage Miniature World
A visit to the model village gives you a good idea of how the market town of Wimborne Minster looked in the 1950s.Many of the shops that once stood proud in the town have now sadly disappeared.
Although it is a place that attracts adults and children,it was the children that seemed to be enjoying themselves the most.
The other attractions here include a new Sensory Garden which is designed for those with sensory impairment.There is also a brand new multi- track 00 gauge railway,which is situated in a building next to the model village.Related to:
- Family Travel
The grand stately home of Kingston Lacy, close to the picturesque town of Wimborne Minster and amongst countryside filled with thatched cottages, is a feast of lavish interior design and beautiful (and extensive) gardens.
The house was built as the new home of the Bankes family in the late 17th century after their original home, Corfe Castle, was destroyed on the orders of Parliament during the English Civil War. Mrs Bankes had been holding out against a long siege by the parliamentary forces (the Bankes family being ardent Royalists) and once the roundheads had possession of the castle they didn't want to risk it ever being used as a royalist stronghold in the south west again, and so they blew it to pieces. About the only thing the family were allowed to take with them from the castle were the keys, which now hang above the fire place in the library of Kingston Lacy.
Through out the interior of this grand house you see evidence of the wealth of the Bankes family in the plush furnishings and decor. Each room has a National Trust volunteer who all seem extremely well informed and very keen to share their knowledge.
It's one of the National Trust's more expensive properties as adult admission is £13 and it's £6.50 for children. Entry is of course free to National Trust members.
As well as the house the grounds are well worth exploring, particularly the Japanese Tea garden, the Victorian Fern garden and the kitchen garden which is only now being restored but has a wisteria over 100 years old and still blooming!Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
Wimborne Minster Hotels
Wimborne Minster Off The Beaten Path
Badbury Rings - Iron Age Hill Fort
Badbury Rings is situated a short distance from the market town of Wimborne Minister.It is approached on the B3082 road by a mile long avenue of Beech trees which were planted in 1835.It is now owned by the National Trust with free access.
Badbury Rings consists of several circular mounds,and it is hard to imagine that it is the remains of a fortified settlement built 2000 - 2500 years ago.Flint tools which have been found at Badbury Rings have proved that people occupied this vantage point for over 6000 years.
The land that surrounds the ramparts and ditches is rich in archaeology,including a major Roman crossroads and a temple.The temple was in use from the Iron age up until the end of the Roman period.Around 2000 years ago the people started moving from Badbury to live next to the River Stour at Shapwick.It was here that a Roman town developed and this became the largest Roman town after Dorchester.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Hiking and Walking