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.
Dorset shines in new "Far from the Madding Crowd" adapation - Dorset Echo
The Undercroft, used as a dressing room by the background characters, was filled with costumes including farmhands' genuine antique smocks, while the two stars used the Kennard family's private dining room as their "green room", where they could prepare for their own scenes "far from the madding crowd".
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 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm from 1st April to 31st October 2015, weather permitting.
A mobility scooter and a wheelchair are available to book by telephoning the Gift Shop on 01460 221699 when staff will also be able to advise on disabled access. Please see our Access Statement for more information.
The House is 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 are open daily to all our visitors from 10am - 5pm. The Tearoom and the Eeles Pottery, set within the gardens, are open daily to our paying visitors.
For full details please see the Your Visit button, and the Events button, at the top of this page.