Forde Abbey
01460 220231

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in the garden

The State Rooms

Photo Competition

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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.

Forde Abbey will be hosting a Wedding Show on Sunday 2nd November 2014 from 11am to 3pm. Admission is free. Please see our Wedding Show page for more information. We look forward to meeting you.

For details of our special Winter Opening Times and Offer, please see the Your Visit page.

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 and 3pm, weather permitting.

To book the mobility scooter or wheelchair please telephone the Gift Shop on 01460 221699, who can also advise on disabled access.

The House

The House is open between 1st April and 31st October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon, with last admission at 4pm.

Tearoom, Gift Shop and Plant Centre

The Tearoom (open to our paying visitors) and Gift Shop and Plant Centre (open to all our visitors) and a new Eeles Pottery selling exhibition within the gardens are all open daily. 

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



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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."