Forde Abbey
01460 220231

abbey nursery



in the garden

The State Rooms

Photo Competition

Concert Society

Pick Your Own

Forde Devons


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.

On Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April, there will be a Children's Easter Egg Hunt around the gardens, with mini egg prizes! Please see the Events button for more details.

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 gardens are full of delight and colour as Spring bursts into bloom, including more than 12,000 newly-planted tulips adorning the gardens. They really are something special.

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 6.30pm. 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.

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


new Christmas stock

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Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday 20th & Monday 21st April.
The Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, on Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April, is an ideal way for children t...
Sweet Pea Fortnight, Saturday 5th July to Sunday 20th July.
Sweet Pea Fortnight at Forde Abbey is a glorious occasion, with 60 varieties of sweet peas grown aro...
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Spring flowers and more
Over 12,000 newly-planted tulips are just beginning to flower. Those in front of the Abbey, mixed wi...
New Winter Garden
The new Winter Garden under development, between the Rock Garden and the Arboretum, has be...

Un-edited recent comments from our Vistors’ Book:

“Amazingly kept house and garden. So impressed”. 31st Oct. 2013

“Wonderful experience. Thank you”. 29th Oct. 2013

“Thank you very much for allowing us into your much-loved home. It has a lovely feel”. 22nd Oct. 2013