AboutSet in the outstanding landscape of the Cranborne Chase, between Salisbury and Blandford Forum, these beautifully laid out gardens were created by General Augustus Pitt Rivers in 1880. Originally designed as pleasure grounds for 'public enlightenment and entertainment', the Larmer Tree is an extraordinary example of Victorian extravagence. Recognised by English Heritage as a Garden of National Importance they were the first privately owned gardens to be opened for public enjoyment.
From the magnificent main lawn radiate wide laurel-hedged rides which take you to the tranquil woodland beyond. In spring a wonderful display of Camellias, Rhododendrons and woodland planting is there to be enjoyed. In high summer the hydrangea collection makes a striking display of colour, and towering over the pinds the exceptionally fine Eucryphias make a magnificent sight. The trees and shrubs of the garden, and its woodland beyond, produce a rich tapestry of colour for our autumn visitors. The Larmer Tree contains a wonderful collection of ornate buildings retained in an enchanting and tranquil atmosphere.
The Coffee Grove Cafe and Shop is open Sunday to Thursday 11am - 4.30pm, providing delicious refreshments for coffee, lunch and tea, or why not prebook a picnic? Group visits with a guided informal talk on the history and horticulture of the Larmer Tree, plus cream tea or light lunch, can be easily arranged.
The gardens host many events during the year including open air film nights, Larmer Tree Music Festival and End of the Road Festival and are also available for private hire; therefore on Fridays and Saturdays the gardens are always closed. Please check the website for precise admissions information.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£4.00 per ticket|
|Child||£2.50 per ticket|
|Concessions||£3.00 per ticket|
|Family (2 adults, 3 children)||£12.00 per ticket|
Under 5s free.
|2016 (18 Sept 2016 - 27 Oct 2016)|
|2017 (20 Mar 2017 - 3 July 2017)|
|2017 (31 July 2017 - 21 Aug 2017)|
* The gardens occasionally close for special events so please check the website or 01725 516971 for recorded opening information to avoid disappointment.Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change
- No Dogs
- Groups Accepted - Pre-booking is required.
- In countryside
- Outdoor Attraction
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- On-Site café/restaurant - The Coffee Grove Cafe and Shop is open Sunday to Thursday 11am-4.30pm.
- Picnic Site
- Approx length of visit - Approximately 2 hours plus refreshments.
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Min group size - 15 to qualify for concession.
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
- Event Venue
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Wedding Venue
Tours and Demonstrations
- Demonstrations Given - Cookery demonstrations can be organised by prior arrangement.
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Available by prior arrangement.
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
- Min group size numeric qualifier
- Packed lunches available
Map & Directions
Larmer Tree is easy to find if you follow the brown flower signs.
From Salisbury - take the A354 Blandford Road for approximately 17 miles. At the staggered hilltop junction turn right then after 900 metres turn left. After 2 miles the entrance to Larmer Tree is on the right.
From Blandford Forum - Take the A354 Salisbury Road for 9 miles then turn left and follow the directions above.
From Shaftesbury - take the A30 towards Salisbury. In 5 miles, after Ludwell, turn right. After 2 miles, at the top of the hill turn left onto the B3081 and take a 2nd right. Larmer Tree entrance is 2 miles on the left.
Public Transport Directions
Tisbury, Wiltshire Railway Station 12 miles
Gillingham, Dorset Railway Station 13 miles
Salisbury, Wiltshire Railway Station 18 miles
- Certificate of Excellence 2016
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good19
- Louise DTrip Type:CouplesLovely festivalThursday, 8th September 2016I visited the Larmer Tree Gardens in Dorset for the first time with my fiancé last weekend for the End of the Road festival. I am 7mtjs pregnant and it did rain so I couldn't experience the gardens... Read full review
- bowseraSalisbury, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayBeautiful pleasure gardens and tearoomFriday, 26th August 2016We are regular visitors to the Larmer Tree Gardens. They are beautiful victorian pleasure gardens that have been lovingly restored. The tea room is excellent and I love watching the majestic... Read full review
- FetmooreMaidstone, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesQuirky and delightful gardensThursday, 18th August 2016Bright sunshine always helps when visiting gardens but this place raises the game with numerous quirky buildings dotted around the whole area which you can explore. The gardens have the full range of... Read full review