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Even with a reduced number of helping hands in the garden during lockdown, Alice, Jo and Clem worked tirelessly with the trowel and the secateurs. Maintaining an Abbey, however, requires more than just working away in the garden. The walls, the roof and the foundations require a fair bit of upkeep, and the ‘to do’ list of maintenance jobs is never ending. For this reason, we will be closing the garden this Winter as we are hoping to undertake some major works that will involve digging trenches through the garden, making it unsafe for us to welcome visitors.  We’ve chosen to do this during Winter, as there’ll be less footfall, and will be back up and running in time to welcome the snowdrops and the first glimmers of Spring 2021.

We’ll continue to share updates on the website. In the meanwhile, please join us on instagram and Facebook for seasonal postcards from the garden.


Forde Abbey is a popular destination for families, garden lovers and historians alike. Set within thirty acres of award-winning gardens, you’ll find something of interest all year round. To help you make the most of your visit, we’ve included a choice selection of information and links below. However, if you have any specific questions, whether it’s looking after a large group or catering for specialist diets in our cafe, do please see the Contact Us page for details about how to get in touch, we’ll be only too happy to help.

From 1st March, the fountain will be on three times daily, at: 12 noon, 1.30pm and 3pm.

The Ionic Temple


The Entrance to Forde Abbey

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What's On

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Picnic on the Lawns

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Plant Nursery


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We have a wide range of events in the diary as well as attractions in the garden to make your visit a great day out for all the family. Walk in the footsteps of the monks and step back in time with a range of habits to try on in the house for all ages. Explore our giant-sized labyrinth in the arboretum, with the space and freedom for everyone to enjoy being outside.

Historic Houses