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.

There will be Giant Games on the lawn this Bank Holiday Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August.  Children under 15 have free admission. Please see the Events page for more details. The house will be open on both days.

The Pick-Your-Own Fruit Farm is now closed as we have come to the end of the season.

Tickets are still available for the Doric Quartet concert on Thursday 24th September. Please see the Concert Society page for details of how to apply.

The dahlias have burst into vibrant bloom in the walled Kitchen Garden, in perfect time to take over from the delicate sweet peas, and are adding their strong colours to the robust vegetables now being harvested.

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.

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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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