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.

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 or call us on 01460 220231.

The Pick-Your-Own Fruit Farm is OPEN NOW, with masses of raspberries, and also gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants, jostaberries and tayberries. We still have strawberries, too! Please click here for the latest details or call the Fruit Farm on 01460 30460. Please note: if it is raining heavily, then the Fruit Farm will not open.

The sweet peas are still blooming well, welcoming you with a cloud of perfumed flowers in the walled kitchen garden.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Forde Abbey annual Charity Summer Fair such a success again this year. It really was a fantastic, fun day out for everyone. We will make an announcement soon about how much we raised for our two charities: Riding for the Disabled and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. See here for more details about the Fair.




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.


To download a copy of our leaflet please click here. To read this you will need Adobe Acrobat reader. To download this free please click here.

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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Gardens never stop growing!
Work is underway in the Rock Garden, improving paths and lightening a shady area with crocosmia and ...
Sweet Pea Fortnight is still going strong!
Sweet Pea Fortnight was scheduled to run from 4th - 19th July 2015, but the flowers are still b...
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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."