Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey And Gardens - Dorset Attraction
Forde Abbey And Gardens - Dorset Attraction
Forde Abbey And Gardens - Dorset Attraction

900-year-old former monastery, now a family home offering a warm welcome to visitors.

01460 221290

Gardens open daily 10am – 4:30pm. House open April – October, 12 – 4pm. Tuesday to Friday, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Near Chard. Postcode: TA20 4LU.

The House is home to the stunning Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. Walk in the actual footsteps of the monks, and explore the exquisite interior featured in the latest Hollywood adaptation of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd.’

The House is surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens, including England’s tallest powered fountain. The gardens also include topiary-lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, a giant-sized labyrinth in the arboretum and swathes of early spring bulbs and camellias to provide all year round interest.

Delicious homemade food available in our tearoom. Shop, plant centre, pottery and children’s trails.

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7oct10:00 am- 12:00 pmFun with Clay

7oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmSupper Club

21oct - 29All DayHalloween Half Term


10nov7:00 pm- 10:00 pmNuit D’Amour