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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; 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; 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 good at the Moment:
The gardens are beautiful at the moment, especially the Bog Garden, which is really at its peak. The Rock Garden is a riot of colour too. We are also delighted to announce that the PICK YOUR OWN Fruit Farm is now OPEN for the summer season. For more information please see the tab on the left hand side of this page.
The Rock Garden is a riot of colour, and a lovely spot to sit and admire the house from, especially when the sun is shining.
The blue Meconopsis are a real treat at the moment, with their magical blue shining through in the woodland area of the Mount. An exciting and rewarding time to be in the garden.
If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01460 220231.
We had a lovely workshop here on Saturday with Grace Alexander flowers. Below is a video taken by one of the attendees. Enjoy.