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Young child in blue dungarees and green top looking at a pig

We are open daily from 10am-4pm.
The Barn Café: Open weekdays from 11am to 3pm and on weekends and school holidays 10am – 4pm. Please note that the indoor play areas is currently closed in line with government guidance.

*We reserve the right to amend opening times due to weather or adverse circumstances that may affect our operations. If you’re travelling a long distance or poor weather is forecast, it is advisable to call ahead and check.

Admission is free

To enjoy a great fun day out that is perfect for all the family, admission is now free! You can enjoy the animals including goats, ponies, pigs and ducks over and over again!

Family with young boy and girl reaching over the fence to feed the goats
Interior of Play Barn

Food and Drink

The Barn Café sells lovely fresh barista coffee, and a wide range of teas. Serving delicious locally made sandwiches with generous fillings and hot pastries, along with scrumptious hand made cakes. Open daily from 11am to 3pm and on weekends and school holidays 10am – 4pm.

We are pleased to welcome visitors who use wheelchairs and pushchairs. Accessible toilets are provided and access to the cafe is possible via ramps. The garden is grade II listed; therefore certain parts are inaccessible for visitors with mobility difficulties and pushchairs. Many parts of the garden are accessible but visitors should be advised that there are gravel paths, steps and steep slopes in places. Our staff will be pleased to assist you whenever possible.

Stairs bordered with greenery which leads down to The Japanese Garden
Dog on lead

Dogs are welcome to be walked around the Gardens & Lakeside as long as they are kept on a lead. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the Animal Park. Dogs are welcome inside in Visitor Centre/Shop and there is no extra charge for bringing along dogs. We reserve the right to report any animals left inside cars in the car park if we feel they are in distress – but we know you wouldn’t do this.


Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park is clearly signposted just off the A35, three miles east of Dorchester in central Dorset. Getting here is easy and we have plenty of free on−site parking.
Sat Nav: DT2 8PX

Screenshot from Google Maps of the location of Kingston Maurward
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