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Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey and Gardens - Dorset attraction
Forde Abbey and Gardens - Dorset attraction
Plant and Gardening Fair at Forde Abbey
Avoiding the June Dip - garden advice from Forde Abbey's Head Gardener
Forde Abbey 10k and junior run
Meadows in June at Forde Abbey
Snowdrop Weekends in February at Forde Abbey
Forde Abbey and Gardens - Dorset attractionPlant and Gardening Fair at Forde AbbeyAvoiding the June Dip - garden advice from Forde Abbey's Head GardenerForde Abbey 10k and junior runMeadows in June at Forde AbbeySnowdrop Weekends in February at Forde Abbey

The Kennard Family welcomes you to their unique 850 year old house with 30 acres of award-winning gardens.

01460 221290

Gardens open daily from 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 4.30pm), until 31st October. House open from 17th May, Tuesdays to Fridays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 12.00 – 3.30pm (last admission 3pm).

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. Visit the gift shop, plant nursery, enjoy lunch or homemade cakes in our vaulted tea rooms.

Latest News

How To Avoid The ‘June Dip’

How to Avoid the ‘June Dip’

Forde Abbey Head Gardener Joshua Sparkes has recorded a short interview explaining how keen gardeners can avoid the 'June Dip', a gap in flowering plants between Spring and the height…

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