Contact us, how to find us and parking

Contact us and find out how to get to Kingcombe

Swift © David Tipling/2020VISION

Get in touch with us and find out how to get to the Kingcombe Centre and nature reserve.

You can call us on 01300 320684 or email us via kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk.

Our postal address (and postcode for your SatNav,) is: Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0EQ. You can sign up to our mailing list to hear all about our latest courses and news by clicking here.

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Directions to the Kingcombe Centre

How to find us:

From Dorchester, take the A37 towards Yeovil. Turn onto the A356 towards Crewkerne. Continue through the village of Maiden Newton. At the top of the hill, turn left, signposted to Toller Porcorum. Turn right in the village, signposted Lower Kingcombe and Hooke. The Kingcombe Centre is one mile on your right.

Nearest Train Station:

From Bristol Direction: Maiden Newton is 3 miles (pre-order taxi required)

From London direction: Dorchester South is 10 miles away (taxi’s available)

Parking at Kingcombe

We have two car parks. One immediately adjacent to the Main Barn and further parking 50m up the road at Pound Cottage (turn left out of main carpark and first left). Access the Centre via the garden. There is ample space in both, so don't worry. 

Opening Times

The Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve:

The nature reserve is open everyday of the year.

The Kingcombe Visitor Centre:

Open to the public everyday from March to November 10am-4.30pm.

Booking Office:  

Mar to Nov - open everyday

Dec to Feb - open Monday - Friday

Office Hours:  10am - 4.30pm 

(Closed between 21st December 2018 - 2nd January 2019)

The Kingcombe Tearoom:

Open 10am - 4pm everyday from Easter until December, offering hot drinks, cake and cream teas on a self-serve basis.

Groups and Private Bookings available outside of these times subject to availability

Why should I visit Kingcombe?

Set amongst the ancient landscape of Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve, a visit to the Kingcombe Centre is like stepping back in time.

The hedgerows, fields and hay meadows that surround us remain pretty much as they were when Queen Victoria came to the throne and are almost untouched by artificial fertilisers and pesticides. As a result they are home to a huge array of wildlife, some common and easy to see, others rare elsewhere in the UK.

Our wildflower meadows are a reminder of how the countryside used to look, and rich with the heady scent of a multi-hued carpet of flowers. Above this be-petaled tapestry, the air is buzzing with bees, butterflies and other insects, whilst the hedgerows, resplendent with flowers and leaves of all shades and shapes, are full of birdsong.

Whether you are a writer, a poet or simply someone who enjoys being outside, admist all this beauty, the tranquillity and peace that surrounds you reaches deep inside to awaken something within us all; a real feeling of harmony and belonging, ‘a sense sublime of something far more deeply interfused’ according to Wordsworth ­ the magic of Kingcombe!

Kingcombe Meadows © Tony Bates

Kingcombe Meadows © Tony Bates