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Over the past few months it’s been all hands to the trowel, and the family along with Jo and Clem have been working away in the garden to ensure it is looking its absolute best. 

The gardens will reopen at 11am on Saturday 30 May 2020, although opening all areas will need to be gradual and phased to meet with government guidelines. We will be putting numerous health and safety measures in place, so for now the house and cafe will remain closed.

We will need the support of everyone to enable us to keep Forde Abbey House and Gardens safely open. We kindly ask that visitors practice strict social distancing guidelines, and encourage visitors to wash their hands regularly and stay in their household groups only.

The mobility scooter and wheelchairs are currently not available for hire.


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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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