Set 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 is open Sunday to Wedneday 11am - 4.30pm, providing delicious refreshments for coffee 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 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 Thursdays, 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.
|2022 (7 Apr 2022 - 28 July 2022)|
* Closed for the following occasional closures;
Sunday 27th June
Sunday 4th July
Sunday 11th July
Monday 19th July
Sunday 25th July
Closed from 28th July 2021.
The gardens will re-open March 2022
- No Dogs
- On-Site café/restaurant - The Coffee Grove Cafe and Shop is open Sunday to Wednesday 11am-4.30pm. Take-Away service only
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Facilities for children - No charge for under 5’s
- Event Venue
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Wedding Venue
- Approx length of visit - Approximately 2 hours plus refreshments.
- In countryside
- Min group size - 15 to qualify for concession.
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Special group rates
- Visa accepted
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
- Groups Accepted - Pre-booking is required.
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 milesGillingham, Dorset Railway Station 13 milesSalisbury, Wiltshire Railway Station 18 miles
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good26
- Ian WDorset, United KingdomTo watch a playWednesday, 18th September 2019Our first visit to the Larmer Tree Gardens and was not disappointed. Beautiful setting to sit or walk around the gardens. We were there to watch a play with friends and we all enjoyed an excellent... Read full review
- jackie HGodshill, United Kingdombeautiful gardens lovely little cafeSunday, 10th November 2019really lovely gardens small and intimate, many beautiful bushes and plants, statues around the pretty pond area, they also have festivals here every year. its a prtty area , and nice drive. the... Read full review
- Roger HChichester, United KingdomVery goodWednesday, 16th June 2021A lovely little place, with the peacocks very much the stars of the show, all in beautiful surroundings. Read full review