plant nursery
The 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.

Upcoming Events

TICKETS  NOW AVAILABLE for events during the new Tulip Festival and for the Concert season (the Endellion Quartet is already sold out).


There is a beautiful yellow magnolia worth seeing in the Arboretum now (27th April) and the Park Garden is particularly attractive at the moment, full of blooms, blossom and bird song – although this is a glorious time all around the gardens.

Do check out the Events button at the top of this page to see to see what’s coming up in the year ahead, with some exciting new events and activities.

Please see the Your Visit page for full details of our opening hours.

Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd

Opening Times

The Gardens

The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am until last admission at 4.30pm. The Fountain comes on at 1.30pm daily (weather permitting) and will come on three times a day from Easter, at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

Please see our Access Statement for more information.

The House

The House is open Tuesdays to Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12.00 noon until 4.00 (last admission). This year we are offering guided tours on selected dates; please see here for full details.

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, when the Tearoom is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the Eeles Pottery is open from 11am to 4pm.

Please see the Your Visit page for details of our admission rates. Events throughout the year appear here under the drop-down menu.


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