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Groups and coaches are always welcome at Forde Abbey, where the house, gardens, tearoom, pottery exhibition, plant centre and gift shop provide activities enough for a full day out. Special rates are available for groups of 10 people or more and it is also possible to arrange for one of our experienced guides to take you around the house. (Please note we are unable to have groups on Saturdays).

House and Gardens visits:  It is possible for groups to visit Forde Abbey and gardens any day of the week, except Saturdays, between 1st April and 30th October.  Please allow about 1 hour to see the house and between 1 and 3 hours to see the gardens.  Because of the stairs, the house is not suitable for people in wheelchairs.  For groups of children please contact the Forde Abbey office, telephone 01460 220231.

On Monday, all day, and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday mornings, admission to the house is by pre-arranged guided tour only.  The group rate is £11.50 per person, plus a charge of £50 for a private tour of the house.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons, the house is open to the general public from 12.00 to 4.00.  There are no guided tours during the hours the house is open to the public.  The group rate is £11.50 per person for house & gardens and £9.50 per person for gardens only.

 The gardens are open daily throughout the year from 10.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

The tea-room in the 12th Century Undercroft is open from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm from 1st March to 31st October.  Light lunches are served between 12.00 and 2.30 pm.

There is unlimited parking for both buses and cars.

Professional coach drivers and couriers have free entry to the house and gardens and a free meal and non-alcoholic drinks at the tearoom.

The group organiser receives a free cup of tea or coffee and a piece of cake.

The gardens, tea-room, gift shop, plant centre and loos are suitable for disabled people.


For a group visit, please CLICK HERE to fill in our group booking form before confirming the date with your group.

2020 Group Rates (for groups of 10+)

House and Gardens: £11.50 per person, plus a charge of £50 for a private tour of the house (for up to 30 people, and to be arranged with the office in advance of the visit).
Gardens Only: £9.50 per person

Please note that no other offers may be used when the Group Rate applies.


School Groups

School Groups are welcome at Forde Abbey where a visit can be tailored to your individual requirements. Cost of entry is £5.00 per person. Please contact us at: to find out more about bringing a school group to Forde Abbey.



The gardens, gift shop, tearoom, plant centre, pottery exhibition and loos are all accessible for those with a disability. There is also a computer presentation about the house in the Great Hall on the ground floor for those who cannot manage the stairs.


For Coach Drivers

Coach drivers have free entry to the house and gardens and a free meal in the tearoom. Although the roads leading to Forde Abbey are narrow in places they are passable, even for large coaches. For 64-seater coaches, please come in through the Exit gate to the right of the main gate (being aware that this is normally a one-way system). To find out how to get her please click here. There is unlimited parking for coaches and cars and the Undercroft Tearoom seats up to 120 people.

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