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COVID-19 Update

It has always been the plan at Forde Abbey to reopen in February in time for the Snowdrop season. However with the present lockdown we feel at the moment we are unable to do so. Therefore the gardens remain closed for the foreseeable future.

This decision has not been taken lightly and we have given much consideration to the current guidelines and advice from authorities. The Government guidance does allow Heritage Gardens to remain open for daily exercise, but not for recreation. However, the guidance instructs that people stay local, in their own village, town or area of their city. Because Forde Abbey is in a rural area, most visitors need to travel to reach the site, therefore making it hard to abide by the current travel restrictions and therefore it feels against the spirit of this lockdown for us to reopen.

We are confident that visitors who are in our immediate locality can access the miles of wider Estate public footpaths for daily exercise, which remain open. We will constantly review this decision in line with Government guidelines as they develop and we plan to reopen the garden when the situation becomes viable. 

We feel that we need to act responsibly, and we have a duty of care to ensure the safety of our staff, visitors and local community at this critical time in trying to control the virus. Whilst we understand it is disappointing not to be able to visit us, we hope you will support and understand this decision.

Thank you for your continued support at this challenging time.


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 currently closed.
HouseThe house is currently closed.
Coffee ShopOur coffee shop is currently closed
Shop and Plant CentreBoth are currently closed.
Eeles PotteryThe pottery is currently closed.

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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