Forde Abbey & Gardens

Come and enjoy a family outing in beautiful Dorset at Forde Abbey with children’s trails around the gardens or house, lovely gifts in our shop, a trip to our plant nursery, tasty refreshments in our tearoom – hopefully you will find something for everyone. Forde Abbey is a beacon of elegant antiquity, set within the exquisite countryside of Dorset. Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, the Abbey still embodies the serenity and philosophy of the order who lived, prayed and farmed here. Forde Abbey is a beautiful former Cistercian monastery and has been a family home since 1649. It is surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens. The informal layout of the gardens at Forde Abbey means there are lots of hidden places for children to explore. The wide lawns give plenty of opportunity for using up excess energy and the ducks, chickens, swans, and fish are also able to entertain our visitors. Don't forget to pick up a children's pack in the shop for activities to do around the h


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Venue address
Forde Abbey and Gardens
TA20 4LU
West Dorset

Other information

All year
Term Time
School Holidays
Opening times
Mon: 10:00-16:30
Tue: 10:00-16:30
Wed: 10:00-16:30
Thu: 10:00-16:30
Fri: 10:00-16:30
Sat: 10:00-16:30
Sun: 10:00-16:30
Cost variations
Please visit our website for up to date entry prices. Admission is free for those in wheelchairs; normal admission rates apply to carers.
Additional Information
Visit website for further information about the grounds. For the trail: follow the trail around the garden to find the hidden boxes and stamps to mark the trail map. Based on the famous Dartmoor letterboxes, there is a prize draw for completed trails at the end of the season.
Age Range
0 years 0 months to 0 years 0 months


Wheelchair accessible
Main entrance is mostly level with small ledges at doorways. These do not impede wheelchairs or frames. House is spread over two floors with no wheelchair access to the upper floor.
Parking availability information
Ample free parking within the grounds with dedicated disabled parking spaces 10m from the entrance.
Toilet facility information
Accessible unisex toilets available approximately 100 metres from the main entrance along mostly level loose gravel and tarmac paths. There is one steeply sloped area negotiable by wheelchairs.
Other Facilities
Please don’t hesitate to ask for advice or assistance – we are always happy to help.

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Address: Forde Abbey and Gardens  Chard  Dorset