Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 4EA
Home of the Bankes family for more than 300 years, this striking 17th century house is noted for its lavish interiors. The outstanding art collection includes paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Tintoretto, with the largest private collection of Egyptian artefacts in the UK. Outside, stroll across the beautiful lawns towards the restored Japanese tea garden. There are several waymarked walks through the surrounding parkland, with its fine herd of North Devon cattle, and the 3,443-hectare (8,500-acre) estate is dominated by the Iron Age hillfort of Badbury Rings, home to fourteen varieties of orchid. House and grounds trails.
This event took place in September 2013 and the entry is now archived.
Virtual tour available on the ground floor, entrance through back door. Ring office doorbell to enable back door to be opened for wheelchair accessibility.
Garden, Park, Shop and Restaurant open 1030-1800 (Shop and Restaurant close 30 minutes earlier than main closing times).
Date last modified: 2nd August 2013 at 11:55