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Priest's House Museum & Garden


The Priest's House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster. Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings, the fascinating childhood gallery and a unique Victorian Valentine card collection as the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Explore period rooms from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, finding out how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse.

Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. Wander through a beautiful and peaceful walled garden. Our gift shop and tearoom complete any visit. The museum’s new Open Learning Centre (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) includes a multi-purpose learning and community space in addition to our new tearoom where you can relax and enjoy a refreshing drink and a selection of delicious cakes.  

Currently closed for redevelopment

Reopening later in 2020


Admission prices:

Adult £5.75

Concession £4.75

Child (5-18) FREE*

Child (Under 5) FREE

*Up to 2 children free with 1 full paying adult or concession - additional children £1 per child (excludes some special events).

Opening Times

6 Jan-24 Mar, 1 Nov-23 Dec 2016:

Mon - Sat 10am - 3.30pm

25 Mar-31 Oct 2016:

Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm 


The Museum offers the following sessions for schools: Life in Victorian Britain; A Victorian Christmas; Toys Old & New; World War Two: The Home Front; The Romans; 'Dig It!' Archaeology; Local Studies: The Story of East Dorset ; Young Curators. The sessions can be adapted to suit all Key Stages and for cross-curricular creative sessions.

The sessions can also be adapted to provide outreach sessions in schools.


Museum facilities
Refreshments Tearoom
Gift shop  Yes
Gardens/Grounds Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability  Ground floor, garden and tearoom fully accessible. Stairs to four exhibition galleries on the first floor (information folder for these galleries available).
Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  



23-27 High Street
Wimborne Minster
BH21 1HR

01202 882533