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.

Special Reduced Winter Rate from 1st November 2014 until 8th March 2015:

The special reduced Winter Rate is £5 per adult for admission to the gardens, payable at the Honesty Box by the Shop. Children under 15 are admitted free. The topiary and statuary really show to advantage in the winter, and the snowdrops are already peepiing out, so do please see our Events page for details of Snowdrop Weekends in February, and the Plant Sale and Crocus Week in March.

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 1.30pm from November to February, weather permitting.

A mobility scooter or wheelchair are available to book by telephoning the Gift Shop on 01460 221699 when it re-opens for Snowdrop Weekends in February 2015 or daily from 1st March 2015, when staff will also be able to advise on disabled access. Please see our Access Statement for more information.

The House

The House is now closed for the winter, but will re-open on Wednesday 1st April 2015, and then be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon, with last admission at 4pm, until 30th October 2015.

Gift Shop, Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Eeles Pottery 

The Gift Shop and Plant Nursery will re-open to all our visitors daily from 1st March 2015. The Gift Shop will also be open every Saturday and Sunday in February 2015 for our Snowdrop Weekends. The Tearoom will re-open to our paying visitors daily from 1st March 2015, and will also be open during Snowdrop Weekends. The Eeles Pottery, set within the gardens, will re-open from 1st March 2015.

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."