The Museum Inn

Blandford Forum, Dorset

Atmospheric village inn with smart rooms and a cottage for self-caterers. Game from the local estate, dogs in the 17th-century bar


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 10


In a village with roses round every door is one of the finest inns in England, built by the father of modern archaeology (whose museum, the Pitt Rivers, is in Oxford). Today, attentive staff keep the atmosphere warm and happy. Bedrooms – big in the main house, smaller in the stables, all super smart – have cool colours, crisp linen, fancy bathrooms (and hi-tech gadgetry in most). The big 17th-century bar has a period feel: flagstones, inglenook, fresh flowers and a fashionable mismatch of tables and chairs. There are cosy alcoves to hide in, a book-filled drawing room to browse and a smart white-raftered dining room. The head chef’s dishes range from honey glazed duck breast, seared duck liver and roasted Jersey Royals, to golden fried gnocchi with broad beans, pea purée, asparagus and rocket, sourced, of course, from the best ingredients; finish with poached rhubarb, Italian meringue, rosewater cream and strawberries. Popular with the barbour-and-dog set, the Museum Inn is quietest out of season but a treat all round.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
Interconnecting rooms available.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Light lunch from £7.50. Mains from £12.95.


Nightly price
from £90
Travel cot and z-bed available.
5 Doubles
From £90
2 Twin/doubles
From £90
1 Four-poster
From £140


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Fiona Moucq

  • Rushmore, situated less than two miles away from The Museum, is an idyllic golf course. Spanning two counties (Dorset and Wiltshire), it is very picturesque due to its location in the heart of the Rushmore Estate on the Cranborne Chase.
  • Local walks on Cranborne Chase AONB.
  • Chalkstream Fishing on nearby River Allen or River Nadder.
  • Other attractions include Salisbury Cathedral, Longleat Safari, Durdle Door in Dorset, Sandbanks beach, Stourhead House and Gardens.
  • The Museum Inn has 2 AA rosettes.
  • Our quirky private dining room, ‘The Shed’, makes a great space for any special occasion.