Knowlton Church and Earthworks

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

Access: You will find the Church and Earthworks on Lumber Lane, off the B3078. Access is through a gate. The ground is uneven and may become muddy on wet days.

Facilities: There are pubs and restaurants located in the town of Verwood, which is 5 miles away.

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

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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

English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions. 

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.