The Museum Inn

“Country pub with a lively locals bar” - AA Inspector



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In the 19th century this part-thatched country pub on Cranborne Chase served visitors to General Augustus Pitt-Rivers' small archaeological and anthropological museum, now relocated to Oxford. The interior features the original inglenook fireplace, flagstone floors, a fashionable mismatch of furniture and a book-filled sitting room. If you're passionate about your real ales or ciders, the bar will oblige with Sixpenny 6D Best, Flacks Double Drop and Aspall cider. Local estates and farms supply many of the ingredients for dishes awarded two AA Rosettes. Pitt-Rivers also created Larmer Tree Gardens, a public pleasure garden, on his Rushmore Estate near Tollard Royal.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Museum Inn
Phone : 01725 516261


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
Opening Times
  • Open all year

About The area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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