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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.

Opening Times


AreaOpening Times
GardensThe gardens are now closed, and will re-open in February 2021 for snowdrop season.
HouseThe house will be closed for the time being. As this is a changing situation and we are following Government advice, please keep checking our website for updated information.
TearoomThe tearooms will be re-open for snowdrop season in February 2021.
Shop and Plant CentreOpen again, along with the gardens, in February 2021.
Eeles PotteryThe pottery is now closed for the remainder of the year.

Admission prices


 AdultChildren (5 - 15)
Under 5 free
Forde Abbey
& HH Members
RHS Members
Gardens from 2nd March

£12.50£5FreeFree (Fridays only)


As a member, you’ll enjoy free access to the house and gardens throughout the year (with the exception of charity events).


Groups and coaches are always welcome at Forde Abbey, where the house, gardens, tearoom, pottery exhibition, plant centre and gift shop provide enough activities for a full day out.


Well-behaved dogs are welcome at Forde Abbey on a short lead and there is always a bowl of water for thirsty dogs at the tearoom door.


Free parking, gift shop, plant nursery and a tearoom serving light lunches, snacks and cakes.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gardens in Spring 2021.

Membership Cards are not valid for some special events. (The list of special events may change throughout the year as new events are added to our calendar If in doubt, please contact us before your visit.) Lost cards will incur a small replacement charge. We reserve the right to change the opening times without notice. The membership card can be used only by the named holder and remains the property of Forde Abbey, who reserve the right to withdraw the card at any time.

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