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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 info@fordeabbey.co.uk or call us on 01460 220231.

Dorset shines in new "Far from the Madding Crowd" adapation - Dorset Echo

A pivotal scene in the new film "Far From the Madding Crowd" was filmed at Forde Abbey, where the Great Hall features as the Corn Exchange. This is where the very first meeting between Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) and Mr Boldwood (Michael Sheen) takes place, as she bargains with the corn dealers.
Over a hundred film crew spent three days at Forde Abbey, preparing and then filming this scene. All the furniture had to be cleared from the Great Hall for filming, including the sixteenth century Dutch light, or chandelier, which required specialist workmen to take it down. Even the Cloisters were emptied of plants and had an end walll painted, despite appearing only in the background as Mr Boldwood enters the Corn Exchange.

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".
 
It was impressive to watch all the effort which went into the filming - and then into re-instating everything as it was before they came. We can't wait to see what they made of Forde Abbey on the big screen!
 

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 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.

 

 

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Events

Gardens never stop growing!
Work is underway in the Rock Garden, improving paths and lightening a shady area with crocosmia and ...
Sweet Pea Fortnight goes on and on!
Don’t miss our Sweet Pea Fortnight 4th - 19th July 2015 when clouds of scented blooms from over 60 v...
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Un-edited recent comments from our Vistors’ Book:

"So glad we found this hidden gem."
 
"Every time we come we are not disappointed with anything. Fabulous!"
 
"Better than Rosemoor or Wisley – a joy to see different plants and colour combinations in interesting settings."
 
"Absolutely fabulous, well worth the visit, and staff in the shop are top notch."