A glorious country house built 200 years ago of stone from the Purbeck Hills, situated within its own beautiful, formal gardens


While hotel receptions usually house a rack of leaflets describing places to visit, ours is different, our reception is the home of a unique tourist information guide: The Grange Guide to Wessex.

Haynes Motor Museum

Haynes Motor Museum (8 miles/13.0 km)

This excellent museum features over 300 historic cars and motorcycles, including a $1.5million Duesenberg and an entire hall of red cars!


Sherborne Museum

There is an excellent museum in Sherborne which has a wealth of information about the history of the town. The building is located on Church Lane which connects the Conduit at the bottom of Cheap Street with the Abbey. In fact the premises, now a Grade ll listed building, were formerly the Almonry belonging to the Abbey.
As well as a mummified cat and a smoker's pipe with seven bowls, the museum has a wealth of photographs and other artefacts connected with the town. A top exhibit is a touch screen version of the world famous Sherborne Missal. Although the original is now housed at the British Library, modern technology enables visitors to turn the pages as if they were viewing it in person.

The museum is a registered charity having independent status. It was the first volunteer-run museum in Dorset to be awarded full Accreditation.
During the summer the museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm. On Sundays it is open from 10 am until 1.00 pm. Out of hours opening can also be arranged by telephoning 01935 812252. Winter opening - from the middle of December until the middle of March - is more restricted, the museum being open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings only.

The Fleet Air Arm Museum

Fleet Air Arm Museum (14 miles/22.5 km)

This is an outstanding military aviation museum, exhibiting aircraft used throughout the Navy's flying history. There are also many other interesting things to see including Concorde.

Perry’s Cider Mills

Perry’s Cider Mills (22 miles/35.5 km)

Perry's is a working business which also features an excellent cider museum. Here cider is still made in the 16th century thatched barn, which also houses many farming antiques.

Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Tank Museum (34 miles/55.0 km)

Here you will find what is probably the best and certainly the largest international collection of armoured vehicles in the world, featuring exhibits from the First World War up to the Gulf War.

The Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum (60.1 miles/96.7 km)

A longer ride to get there - but worth it for enthusiasts and those involved in the helicopter business! The museum has the world’s largest international collection of Rotorcraft.

Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village

Lacock Abbey and Lacock Village (46 miles /74.0 km)

Lacock is a little known picturesque village dating back to Saxon times. Its attractions include a medieval cloistered abbey converted into a fine country house, newly-restored botanic gardens and a fascinating museum dedicated to William Henry Fox-Talbot, the ‘Father of Modern Photography'. Uniquely preserved by the National Trust, Lacock has provided the setting for Pride & Prejudice, scenes from the Harry Potter films and many other period film and television productions.

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