Abbey Nursery

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, children’s trails around the gardens or house, 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 or call us on 01460 220231.

The long herbaceous borders in particular are showing to advantage in the gardens, due to the current mix of sunshine and showers.

NEW for 2015: Forde Abbey will host a Christmas Fair on Wednesday 4th November. Admission is free; see here for more details.

We are delighted to announce that the Forde Abbey annual Charity Summer Fair raised a record £28,000 this year, which  will be divided equally into £14,000 for RABI, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, and £14,000 for RDA, Riding for the Disabled. Many thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success.

Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd

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 & 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

The House is open from 1st April, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon, with last admission at 4pm, until 30th October 2015.


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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.

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