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Discover Wimborne Minster

The enchanting market town of Wimborne Minster in Dorset is rich in character and steeped in history: a town of kings, smugglers and ancient legends.

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Visit Wimborne Minster

For its culture and history. For its wide variety of food and drink. For its mix of national chains and local independent shops. For its range of services.

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A jewel in the crown of East Dorset

Wimborne Minster is a thriving market town in East Dorset with great shopping, facilities, restaurants, accommodation and attractions to appeal to everyone.

Discover Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster is a thriving market town in East Dorset with great shopping, facilities, restaurants, accommodation and attractions to appeal to everyone.

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.

Over and above some great national store chains, Wimborne boasts a wide range of unique independent shops that offer great service and a relaxed, friendly shopping experience.

Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures - the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum , Walford Mill Craft Centre and its famous Model Town, to name but a few.

Seeking financial, legal, banking or insurance services, Wimborne can offer you a wide choice of businesses to meet your personal needs. The town's business sector covers everything from health and beauty to re-upholstering your favourite armchair.

Events in Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster is full of colourful events all year round. Dance at the folk festival or sample some of the local delights at the food fair.

Folk Festival
Folk Festival
Spitfire Day
Spitfire Day
Action Sports Weekend
Action Sports Weekend
Wimborne Food and Drink Festival
Wimborne Food and Drink Festival

What's on

If you would like to suggest an event that we should display on our calendar, please click here.

On our Calendar page please click on the Post your Event tab and fill in the online form to submit your event.

The event should be taking place in Wimborne Minster and be open to the public.

All events are subject to change. For more information please contact Wimborne Tourist Information Centre on 01202 886116.

Upcoming Events

Jan
23
Mon
7:30 pm Michael Portillo @ Tivoli Theatre
Michael Portillo @ Tivoli Theatre
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm
Michael Portillo @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
Michael Portillo- LIFE: A GAME OF TWO HALVES It took Michael Portillo little more than 10 years to get a seat in the Commons and then rise in power and esteem to a point where…
Jan
26
Thu
9:00 am Your Health is Your Business @ Kingston Lacy, Wimborne
Your Health is Your Business @ Kingston Lacy, Wimborne
Jan 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Your Health is Your Business @ Kingston Lacy, Wimborne |  |  |
Join us in the beautiful setting of Kingston Lacy, to hear a brand new talk from the energised and inspiring nutritionist Barbara Cox. Anyone who has heard Barbara before will know this is not to…
7:30 pm Lee Hurst
Lee Hurst
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm
Lee Hurst
Lee Hurst is back on the road with his next stand up show… Comedy Show No. 9 It’s a show, it’s the 9th one and it’s comedy. What else do you need to know? Come…
Jan
27
Fri
8:00 pm .Rextasy: I Love To Boogie @ Tivoli Theatre
.Rextasy: I Love To Boogie @ Tivoli Theatre
Jan 27 @ 8:00 pm
.Rextasy: I Love To Boogie @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
Tivoli favourite T.REXTASY returns in January 2017! T.REXTASY: The 40th Commemorative Anniversary Tour Marc Bolan, with his band T.Rex, was one of the most flamboyant and charismatic stars of the original glam rock era. It’s…
Jan
28
Sat
7:30 pm AC/DC UK @ Tivoli Theatre
AC/DC UK @ Tivoli Theatre
Jan 28 @ 7:30 pm
AC/DC UK @ Tivoli Theatre | Wimborne Minster | England | United Kingdom
REVISED DATE – 28th January 2017 AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who have remained the sole constant members. Commonly classified as hard rock, they are…

How to get here

We are delighted that you are looking at how to get to Wimborne Minster. Wimborne Minster is set in the beautiful East Dorset countryside, but only 8 miles approx from Bournemouth and Poole, just 40 minutes from Southampton and Salisbury and just 2 hours from London and Bristol.

What to do in Wimborne

Ideally located for visiting the beautiful Kingston Lacy country house, Wimborne has its own treasures - the Minster Church, art deco Tivoli theatre, Priests House Museum , Walford Mill Craft Centre and its famous Model Town, to name but a few.

Where to stay

For the perfect break in the town, take a look at our collection of accommodation in Wimborne Minster, including hotels, cottages, B&Bs, and holiday parks. With our wide selection, you are sure to find something to suit your needs and requirements.

Food and Drink

Whether you want a fine dining experience or simply a hot drink and a slice of cake, Wimborne has a plethora of restaurants, coffee houses and amazing local pubs that will meet your taste and budget.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Wimborne Minster?

Wimborne Minster is set in the beautiful East Dorset countryside, but only 8 miles approx from Bournemouth and Poole, just 40 minutes from Southampton and Salisbury and just 2 hours from London and Bristol.

Maps search / GPS post code - BH21 1JA

What is the parking like?

The town has over 2,000 parking spaces in central car parks, and the Market has an additional 600 spaces.  Each car park is well signed with easy access to the Town Centre.

Click here for more information about the car parks and charges.

There are a limited number of spaces for free parking for a limited time period in the High Street and East Street, however you are advised to find your way to a car park.  Some businesses also have their own private car parks that you may wish to check with them prior to your visit.

Are there bus routes into the town?

There are two bus companies operating regular services to and from Wimborne Minster.

For more information please click here.  Ask for Wimborne Square or High Street stops for the most central, or Wimborne Market for Riverside Park.

Wilts & Dorset services

Yellow Bus services

Where is the nearest train station?

The nearest train station is Poole. There are regular services from London and Weymouth, amongst others.  Taxis or buses are regularly available for the short 8 mile journey.

National Train Enquiries

Where are the nearest airports?

Bournemouth Airport

Bournemouth Airport is located approximately 5,1 kilometers (3,1 miles) southeast of Ferndown and about 7,0 kilometers (4,4 miles) northwest of Christchurch. Bournemouth Airport IATA code is BOH.

www.bournemouthairport.com

Southampton Airport

Southampton Airport is located approximately 1,9 kilometers (1,2 miles) south of Eastleigh and about 2,7 kilometers (1,7 miles) southwest of Bishopstoke. Southampton Airport IATA code is SOU.

www.southamptonairport.com

Is there a coach service into town?

National Express coaches come to Poole or Ringwood.  You can connect to a local bus service from either of these locations.

National Express

Is there parking for large vehicles?

Coach, minibus and motor home parking can be found in Allendale Car Park, again central to town, with just a 2 minute walk.

Free parking is available to pre-registerd vehicles carrying more than 8 passengers.

Click here for coach and group information and the free parking offer.

Is there a local taxi service?

There are usually several taxis to choose from in Wimborne Minster.  The taxi ranks are in High Street and West Borough, both central to the town.

Ask for Wimborne Square or High Street for a central drop-off, or Wimborne Market for easy access to the market.

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Images Around Wimborne Minster

Action Sports Weekend 2015
Christmas Lights 2014
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Folk Festival 2015
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Wimborne Minster – A Fair Trade Town

Wimborne Minster – A Fair Trade Town

Why Fairtrade?

Fairtrade puts more power into the hands of such producers and demonstrates that there are alternatives to large-scale trade, alternatives that work for the producers and for us as consumers.

The Fairtrade Foundation certifies products as fairly traded and awards the Fairtrade Mark.

Representatives of local businesses, schools and the Town Council, working with fairtrade volunteers, helped Wimborne achieve Fairtrade Town status in 2006. Since then the number of shops, cafes, restaurants and residential accommodation offering fairly traded goods has more than trebled.

For more information on the work of the Wimborne Fairtrade Group, please contact its conveyor, Robert Pearce, on 01202 886651.

Town Twinning

Wimborne Minster is twinned
with Valognes, France and Ochsenfurt, Germany

Wimborne / Valognes

The Wimborne/Valognes Twinning Association was founded in 1968 under the auspices of Wimborne Town Council and is one of the oldest such associations in the country. Valognes is a town of similar size to Wimborne and is situated about 13 miles south of Cherbourg in the Manche Department, which is itself twinned with the county of Dorset.

The objectives of the Association are to foster and promote goodwill between organisations and individuals of these two communities in a variety of ways, e.g. school exchanges, exchange visits and by encouraging a greater knowledge of the other community’s environment and lifestyles. Anyone interested in furthering these objectives may become a member on payment of a small subscription, which includes a quarterly newsletter.

The Association currently has around 200 members who enjoy a full and varied programme of events throughout the year, which help to raise funds for the entertainment of our French visitors, usually a group of about 25 to 30, on their visits every other year, hosted by members. In alternate years, a group from Wimborne visits Valognes when they are in turn hosted and receive a very warm welcome and a full programme of entertainments. Many lasting friendships have been formed in this way.

Wimborne / Ochsenfurt

Ochsenfurt is Wimborne’s twin Town in Germany. It is situated south of Würzburg, roughly half way between Frankfurt and Nurnberg, and stands on the River Main, a navigable tributary of the Rhine. This area of northern Bavaria is famed for its beers and white wines.

The region has had a connection with Wimborne since 740 A.D. when nuns from the powerful monastery in Wimborne were sent as missionaries to that part of Germany (Franconia). They are remembered to this day as Patron Saints of towns and villages there.

The Wimborne/Ochsenfurt Twinning Association was founded in 1989, when Wimborne Minster Town Council agreed to the formal twinning of the two towns.

Some visits have been made by specific groups e.g. students, orchestral musicians, choirs, scouts and sportsmen, but the majority of the exchanges have been general visits to and from Ochsenfurt, usually in alternate years. This enables members who do not belong to any formal group to stay with a family and get to know people, the picturesque town and the surrounding area. Visitors from the Wimborne area have always been most hospitably received.

Wimborne / Valognes
Wimborne / Valognes
Wimborne / Ochsenfurt
Wimborne / Ochsenfurt

The Historic Town Trail

The Historic Town trail consists of three separate trails which can be combined into one enjoyable two hour trail around historic Wimborne or done individually, according to time available.

Positioned around the trail are 12 green plaques located at places of special historic interest (see below). A leaflet including a map showing the location of the plaques is available for £1 from the Tourist Information Office and the Town Council Office.

  • First Methodist Church
  • Old Grammar School
  • Deans Court Lane
  • Albion Inn
  • Matthew Prior’s Birthplace
  • Allendale House
  • Wimborne Parish Workhouse
  • Priest’s House Museum
  • The Tivoli Theatre
  • Gulliver House
  • Victoria Hospital
  • Wimborne Railway Station

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Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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Wimborne BID Office
Allendale House
Hanham Road
Wimborne Minster
Dorset
BH21 1AS

BID Manager
Tammy Sleet
office@wimborne.info

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