ITINERARY: Three days in Dorset and Wiltshire

I wasn’t well at all during Easter weekend with a bacterial respiratory infection, so our planned visit to Dorset and Wiltshire was a quiet affair, involving slow walks around gardens and some meandering around town centres.  We didn’t pack in quite as much as usual and bed time was definitely 9pm, but still the itinerary below makes for an enjoyable three days jaunt (with extra alternatives at the end, should you have more energy or time).


Friday, 14 April   Directions / Opening times
London to Christchurch

Leave 8am

3 hours from Central London Parking

Wick Lane car park 4 hours = £3.50 BH23 1HT

Christchurch Arrive 11am – walk around town, visit the church, lunch

leave 3pm

Knoll Gardens & Nursery 35 mins from Christchurch 10-5pm  Stapehill Road, Hampreston, Wimborne BH21 7ND

Garden £6.50 – RHS member free

Saturday, 15 April
Max Gate (Thomas Hardy’s House 1 hour from Salisbury (where we stayed)
Dorchester   Visit town centre
Thomas Hardy’s Cottage
Sunday, 16 April (Easter Sunday)
Mottisfont 20 mins from Salisbury Lockerley Road  10-5 (house opens 11) SO51 0LP

Alternatives  (we didn’t visit this time)
Rockbourne Roman Villa Museum 35 mins from Knoll Gardens

(25 mins to Salisbury)

11am – 4pm  

Rockbourne Road, Rockbourne, near Fordingbridge, SP6 3PG  | 3.60 – Art Fund free

Wilton House   See my blog post here
Stourhead 50 mins from Salisbury

High St, Bells Lane BA12 6QF

·  Garden 09:00 – 18:00

·  House 11:00 – 16:30

The Vyne   See my blog post here
Arundells Salisbury Former home of Ted Heath




4 thoughts on “ITINERARY: Three days in Dorset and Wiltshire

  1. Did you enjoy Hardy’s cottage? It might have been modest, but I was entranced with that romantic cob and thatch stuff. And the gardens and trees were delightful.

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