Forde Abbey and Gardens
The Kennard Family welcomes you to their unique 850 year old house with 30 acres of award-winning gardens.
Gardens open daily throughout the year from 10.00am – 4.30pm. House open 2 April – 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. Visit the gift shop, plant nursery, enjoy lunch or homemade cakes in our vaulted tea rooms.