Forde Abbey and Gardens
900-year-old former monastery, now a family home offering a warm welcome to visitors.
Gardens open daily throughout the year from 10.00am – 4.30pm. House open 27 March – 31 October (except Mon & Sat) & Bank Holiday Mondays 12.00 – 4.00pm.
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.