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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  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call us on 01460 220231.

The Fruit Farm is now open for pick-your-own gooseberries, raspberries, jostaberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. Please see here for full details.

The sweet peas are still blooming beautifully in the Kitchen Garden, so we have extended Sweet Pea Fortnight  again this year!

The annual Forde Abbey Charity Summer Fair takes place on Thursday 31st July. Click here for full details.

Opening Times

The Gardens

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 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm, weather permitting.

To book the mobility scooter or wheelchair please telephone the Gift Shop on 01460 221699.

The House

The House is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon, with last admission at 4pm.

Tearoom & Gift Shop

The Tearoom and Gift Shop are open daily, together with the Plant Centre and a new Eeles Pottery exhibition. Advance-purchase reduced-price tickets for the Summer Fair and for Folksy Theatre's Shakespeare in the Garden are on sale now (in person only) in the Shop.

For full details please see the Your Visit button, and the Events button, at the top of this page.

 

 

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Events

Sweet Pea Fortnight is still going strong! (22nd July)
Sweet Pea Fortnight at Forde Abbey is a glorious occasion, with 60 varieties of sweet peas grown aro...
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Un-edited recent comments from our Vistors’ Book:

"Our second visit to Forde Abbey – enjoyed it as much, if not more, than the first!" 

"Wonderful house! Wonderful garden! Superb quality plants. Sorry I live so far away. Great value all round."

"Beautiful gardens and magnificent house. Very historical and a lovely day out."

"Absolutely stunning! Loved the Bog Garden and the tree-like Gunneras."