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National Trust Properties in Dorset

The National Trust play an important role in our beautiful British heritage, providing beautifully landscaped gardens, acres of estate and of course, preserving those all-important historic buildings. With more and more of us obtaining National Trust memberships, we’ve put together all the National Trust Properties, Estates and Walks in Dorset.

Have a read below at our nearest National Trust sites and see which one takes your fancy – you’re spoilt for choice!


Brownsea Island

Brownsea Island

About: Brownsea Island is famous in Poole’s historic harbour, and offers spectacular views across the Purbeck Hills. The island is a haven for wildlife; with a wide variety of birds such as kingfishers, oystercatchers and lots more. The island is accessible by boat, and ferry charges apply (separate to NT fees). There are plenty of trails around the island, so it’s the perfect day out for all the family!

Price: Adults £7.90, Children £3.95. Members go free. 

Dogs: Only assistant dogs are permitted on the island.

Location: Poole Harbour, Poole, Dorset, BH13 7EE

Contact: 01202 707744

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Wimborne Minster

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy

About: Kingston Lacy is a beautiful estate located just 8 miles north of Poole, boasting a lavish Venetian style Palace and a magnificent 8,500 acres of land in the Dorset countryside. Enjoy a summer picnic in the garden, a walk along one of the many trails and an explore around this fascinating home. 

Price: Adults £17.20, Children £8.60. Members go free.

Dogs: Allowed under control on short fixed lead, welcome in restaurant courtyard, park and woodlands.

Location: Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

Contact: 01202 883402


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White Mill

White Mill

About: White Mill is an 18th century corn mill set in a beautiful riverside setting, making it the ideal family day out – any season of the year! The site of the mill carries a fair load of history as there are records of it in the Domesday Book! The river Stour runs through the mill estate, offering buckets of peace and tranquillity and there’s plenty of land for the family to explore. 

Price: Adults £3.50, Children £2.50. Members go free. 

Dogs: Must be kept on leads.

Location: Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4BX

Contact: 01258 858051

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Studland Bay Dorset

Studland Bay

About: Studland Bay is situated around the coast to the West of Poole, and marks the beginning of the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Studland Bay’s beautiful golden sandy beach offers views over to the Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight, as well as being an idyllic spot for water sports. It’s also a wildlife spotter’s dream, featuring all six British reptiles and various birds, insects and deer. 

Price: Car parking charges apply (free to members). 

Dogs: Allowed, though restrictions apply at certain times of the year. Find out more here.

Location: Studland, near Swanage, Dorset

Contact: 01929 450500

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Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle

About: Corfe Castle is a tourist hot-spot, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Europe. Situated just off the Jurassic Coast, Corfe Castle offers a perfect day out for families. The castle itself is a thousand-year-old ruin which sits at the very top of a large hill, offering spectacular views over Corfe Castle village and the idyllic Dorset countryside. Discover the magic of this historic fortress!

Price: Adults £11, Children £5.50. Members go free.

Dogs: Allowed on short leads.

Location: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ

Contact: 01929 481294

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