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The Abbey Nursery

Welcome to Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round.

Please explore further down this page and across our website to see what you can experience on a day visit here: a family outing in beautiful Dorset, children’s trails around the gardens or house, lovely gifts in our shop, a trip to our plant nursery, tasty refreshments in our tearoom – hopefully you will find something for everyone. If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website, please email or call us on 01460 220231.

The snowdrops are here, in perfect time for Snowdrop Weekends throughout February, and would make excellent subjects for our Photographic Competition. Some other spring bulbs are also out, especially crocus along the top of the south lawn and in the Rockery. Don’t miss the Events button at the top of this page to see to see what’s coming up in the year ahead, with some exciting new events and activities: posy-making workshops at the Plant & Gardening Fair, an Easter Egg Hunt with Mrs Tiggy-winkle and friends, a Tulip Festival with flower arranging demonstrations…

Please see the Your Visit page for full details of our winter opening hours.

Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd

Opening Times

The Gardens

The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am. During the winter, last admission is at 3.30pm and the gardens close at 4.30pm. The Fountain does not come on during the winter, but will come on again from Easter 2016 to 31st October 2016 at 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm, weather permitting.

Please see our Access Statement for more information.

The House

The House is now closed for the winter but will re-open on Thursday 24th March 2016. From that date, the house will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 4pm, until 30th October 2016.

Gift Shop, Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Eeles Pottery 

The Gift Shop and Tearoom will re-open for Snowdrop Weekends throughout February 2016. The Gift Shop and Plant Nursery will re-open daily to all our visitors from 1st March 2016 from 10am – 5pm. The Tearoom and the Eeles Pottery, set within the gardens, will re-open daily to our paying visitors from 1st March 2016, when the Tearoom will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the Eeles Pottery will be open from 11am to 4pm.

Please see the Your Visit page for details of our winter admission rates. Events throughout the year appear here under the drop-down menu.


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Gift Shop Halloween Gift Shop Halloween Bat

Halloween in the Gift Shop