A historic market town fit for the 21st century

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.

 

 

A historic market town fit for the 21st century

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.

Rising majestically above its quaint streets, riverside walks and pretty bridges is the 12th century Minster Church with its famous chained library - one of only four surviving in the world and second largest in the UK. Interred in its tombs are King Ethelred of Wessex, Earl John Beaufort, The Duke of Somerset and his duchess all in company with Dorset’s notorious smuggler come ‘entrepreneur’- Isaac Gulliver and his son!

Over the ages, Wimborne has attracted some of the world’s most eminent people to live within its bounds and environs. Dorset’s famous author Thomas Hardy, Sir Tim Berners Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web), Robert Fripp (from King Crimson), and Charles Castleman (who built the railway connecting Dorset to the wider rail network), all fell for the charms of Wimborne. Today it continues to inspire artists, academics, writers, musicians, historians and all those captivated by its vibrant culture.

Modern Wimborne Minster is an oasis of charm where the old and new softly merge in its meandering ancient streets, open green spaces, flower gardens, and plethora of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. And occasionally - even wandering peacocks grace the scene!

Big attractions include the restored Art Deco Tivoli theatre and the Model Town, plus the Priest’s House Museum depicting East Dorset’s prehistoric origins. Wimborne is also famed for its festivals, its own Town Crier, Militia and its many In Bloom national successes. All conspire to make Wimborne Minster a town for all seasons to visit, enjoy and return to time and again.

Fiercely protective of this sparkling jewel in Dorset’s crown is why its business community have established Wimborne Minster as a Business Improvement District, to secure the future of the town for the benefit of its businesses and enjoyment of its residents.

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.

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.

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Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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

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