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, 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 email@example.com or call us on 01460 220231.
Special Reduced Winter Rate from 1st November 2014 until 8th March 2015:
The special reduced Winter Rate is £5 per adult for admission to the gardens, payable at the Honesty Box by the Shop. Children under 15 are admitted free. The topiary and statuary really show to advantage in the winter.
Please note that over Christmas and the New Year, the Estate Office will be closed from 20th December 2014 to 4th January 2015 inclusive. The Office will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015 at 9am. We wish all our visitors a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd
The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am. Last admission is at 4.30pm and the gardens close at 6pm. The Fountain comes on at 1.30pm from November to February, weather permitting.
A mobility scooter or wheelchair are available to book by telephoning the Gift Shop on 01460 221699 when it re-opens for Snowdrop Weekends in February 2015 or daily from 1st March 2015, when staff will also be able to advise on disabled access. Please see our Access Statement for more information.
The House is now closed for the winter, but will re-open on Wednesday 1st April 2015, and then be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon, with last admission at 4pm, until 30th October 2015.
Gift Shop, Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Eeles Pottery
The Gift Shop and Plant Nursery will re-open to all our visitors daily from 1st March 2015. The Gift Shop will also be open every Saturday and Sunday in February 2015 for our Snowdrop Weekends. The Tearoom will re-open to our paying visitors daily from 1st March 2015, and will also be open during Snowdrop Weekends. The Eeles Pottery, set within the gardens, will re-open from 1st April 2015.
For full details please see the Your Visit button, and the Events button, at the top of this page.