Houses and Gardens
Mapperton House & Gardens
With a formal Italianate garden with its formal statues, herbaceous borders, topiary and grottoes.
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Impressive displays of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. There is also a formal walled garden.
Sherborne Castle and Gardens
16th-century castle with lavish furnishings and fine art plus huge gardens and a lake.
As well as cascading ponds and the highest powered fountain in England there are herbaceous borders, a bog garden, rock garden, arboretum and walled kitchen garden.