Knowlton Church and Earthworks

Aerial View of Knowlton Castle
Knowlton Church

Free Entry

Open any reasonable time during daylight hours


Knowlton, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5AE

Before You Go

This Norman church, which was built in the 12th century, is situated at the centre of a Neolithic ritual henge earthwork.  The unusual pairing of the henge and the church symbolises the transition from pagan to Christian worship.

The 12th century church is built of stone and flint, and the line of the roof remains clearly visible on its eastern face.

Read more about the history of the church and earthworks.

Before You Go

How To Find It: The site is not sign posted. From the turning to Brockington off the B3078, the layby can be found after 200m on the right.

Parking: There is very limited parking in the layby at the site entrance.

Please Be Aware: The site offers very little shelter in extreme weather conditions.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Knowlton is a spacious site and great for letting your children play and explore. Bring a picnic on a sunny day.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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