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Welcome to Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure dating back almost 900 years.  It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round.

Please explore our website to see what you can experience on a day visit here: enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 30 acres of gardens and lakes, and marvel at the age and beauty of the house and the transformations it has gone through during its long life. Admire the famous Mortlake tapestries, created from the cartoons Raphael painted for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Enjoy a tea, or lunch, in the monastic Undercroft Tearoom, and browse the Gift Shop and Plant Centre for that unusual present or perfect plant. Hopefully you will find something for everyone here, and we look forward to welcoming you.

What’s happening at Forde Abbey

Autumn is in the air, blowing multi-hued leaves of yellow, copper, red and bronze all around the gardens. And winter is almost here: frost sparkled over everything this morning – like sugar on top of a mince pie!

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If you are getting in the festive mood and you enjoy Christmas decorations, then do take a look at Grace Alexander’s workshops taking place here on Saturday 3rd December. We’re sorry that all the tickets for An Audience with Father Christmas have now sold out.

See here for full details of winter opening and reduced entry rates.


If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website, please email info@fordeabbey.co.uk or call us on 01460 220231.

We had a lovely workshop here in June with Grace Alexander flowers. Below is a video taken by one of the attendees. Enjoy. And look out for more great events with Grace to come…