Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure dating back almost 900 years. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round.
Please explore our website to see what you can experience on a day visit here: enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 30 acres of gardens and lakes; marvel at the age and beauty of the house, and the transformations it has gone through during its long life. Admire the famous Mortlake tapestries created from the cartoons Raphael painted for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Enjoy a tea, or lunch, in the Monastic Undercroft Tearoom; browse the Gift Shop and Plant Centre for that unusual present or perfect plant. Hopefully you will find something for everyone here, and we look forward to welcoming you.
What’s good at the Moment:
The gardens are beautiful at the moment, especially the flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, Magnolias and flowering Cherries. Wandering up onto the Mount through the Woodland Garden in the sun is truly lovely just now.
The Rock Garden, with its stunning flowering cherry, is also a lovely spot to sit and admire the house from.
The Bog Garden is changing daily, and showing real promise of the show to come in the next few weeks, as are the blue Meconopsis. The Sweet Peas are beginning to twine around their wigwams in the Kitchen Garden, where new vegetables are being planted on an almost daily basis. An exciting time to be in the garden.
If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website, please email email@example.com or call us on 01460 220231.
Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd