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Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens

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Kingston Maurward College | Kingston Maurward Animal Park & Gardens, Dorchester DT2 8PX, England
+44 1305 215000
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Lovely wedding reception venue

Went to a wedding reception here and It was great. Beautiful grounds and gardens Great food and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
aa2wales
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Wales
Nice

Nice gardens but looking like it needs a bit more care. Lovely trees and parkland, great for... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stewart P
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
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“animal park” (34 reviews)
“guinea pigs” (22 reviews)
“farm animals” (12 reviews)
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Kingston Maurward College | Kingston Maurward Animal Park & Gardens, Dorchester DT2 8PX, England
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+44 1305 215000
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"walled garden"
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"feed the animals"
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"small play area"
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"lambing season"
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"college students"
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"small animals"
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"large lake"
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"formal gardens"
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Reviewed yesterday

Went to a wedding reception here and It was great. Beautiful grounds and gardens Great food and bar Staff were very good when we had contact with them

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice gardens but looking like it needs a bit more care. Lovely trees and parkland, great for families but if you are a keen horticulturist probably not for you. Lovely animal park.

Thank Stewart P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Well worth the money. The animals look well looked after and are friendly. The grounds are beautiful and well tended. The staff were friendly. Only thing was the cafe could have been a bit nicer although I understand it's shared with the college students so...More

Thank Cotswoldtraveller92
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Sara A, Visitor Centre Assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review and we are really glad that you had a lovely day out with us, we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, the Animal Park team

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the park on our holiday. We’ve been coming to Weymouth for years but this is the first time we visited this park. It was lovely and our toddler enjoyed it too. The park is well looked after and the staff are friendly. The...More

Thank DarrenC41
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Sara A, Visitor Centre Assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, thank you for your review and we are really glad that you had a lovely time with us here at The Animal Park & Gardens and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards, the Animal Park team.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely little place. We were visiting Weymouth on holiday and wanted something a little different that would entertain my 14 month old son and not break the bank. This was ideal. There was a good variety of animals which my son loved and the grounds...More

Thank IOWcarrottop
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Luke R, Manager at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review of Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, we're glad you enjoyed your visit. The café is normally open at busier times but we know that coffee is important so when the café ins't open this is always available in the shop,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very attractive place to visit, with a beautiful around the lake walk. It seems pretty wild and untamed, although lots of work must go into keeping it so. I most enjoyed the lakeside walk where I saw a nesting swan, robins, ducks and geese. I...More

Thank cazd53
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Sara A, Visitor Centre assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for review and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and seeing all of our visiting wild birds.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Large and beautiful parkland, lake and gardens, all slightly wild and reflective of past grandeur, but none the worse for that. Two beautiful old manor houses, sadly not open to the public. The site is a working agricultural college, hence the livestock and birds on...More

Thank Stephen B
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Sara A, Visitor Centre assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello Stephen B, thank you for your review and we are glad that you had good day out with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The farm is a lovely place to visit. However it is not very wheelchair or pushchair friendly. Very difficult to get around. As lots of gravel and was hard to push wheelchair round. The cafe is very basic and could do with a wider selection...More

Thank bigal3961
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Sara A, Visitor Centre assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review we are sorry that you couldn't get through the gardens to the lake. Our gardens are Grade 2 listed and this does leave us with little scope to improve accessibility however we do realise how frustrating this can...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on an early weekday morning and enjoyed a lovely walk around the gardens. Given all the recent rain we expected it to be muddy underfoot and there were signs alerting visitors to this anyway. We wandered through the gardens and around the paths...More

Thank Mojoluk
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Sara A, Visitor Centre assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Older children are hard to please. Weather ok so walking around and seeing the animals nice. Hectic entrance with coming and goings. Not offered Easter egg hunt. Set up lovely. Would recommend wellies. Obviously not best time to walk through the gardens as wrong season...More

Thank Emma C
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Sara A, Visitor Centre Assistant at Kingston Maurward Park and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Hello, we are glad that you had a nice day in the Animal Park and Gardens and apologies that you weren't offered to do the Easter Egg hunt. We hope that you will visit us again when our gardens are in their full glory and...More

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Elizabeth M
30 August 2017|
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Response from Tom R | Property representative |
Hi there, yes indeed dogs are welcome to visit the Gardens & Lakeside, provided that they are kept on a lead. Thank you and we hope to see you here soon!
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Campagal
7 August 2016|
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Response from VickyInspired | Reviewed this property |
Hello, much like the last reviewer, I don't think you can get public transport there. I think the students who study there during the week have a specific bus/coach for them.
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