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Abbey Plant Nursery

Welcome to Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure in an area already known for its outstanding beauty. It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round.

Please explore further down this page and across our website to see what you can experience on a day visit here: a family outing in beautiful Dorset, 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. If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website please email or call us on 01460 220231.

Now that the wind has blown so many leaves from the trees, the topiary and statuary really show to advantage around the garden, and would make excellent subjects for our Photographic Competition.

Please see the Your Visit page for full details of our current Christmas Shopping Offer and winter opening hours.

Video by Tony Parker of Picture Box Productions Ltd

Opening Times

The Gardens

The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am. During the winter, last admission is at 3.30pm and the gardens close at 4.30pm. The Fountain does not come on during the winter, but will come on again from Easter to 31st October 2016 at 12 noon, 1.30pm & 3pm, weather permitting.

Please see here for the shop’s winter opening hours, when a mobility scooter and a wheelchair are available to book by telephoning the Gift Shop on 01460 221699, when staff will also be able to advise on disabled access. Please see our Access Statement for more information.

The House

The House is now closed for the winter but will re-open on Thursday 24th March 2016. From that date, the house will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12 noon to 4pm until 30th October 2016.

Gift Shop, Tearoom, Plant Nursery and Eeles Pottery 

Please see the Your Visit page for details of our current Christmas Shopping Offer throughout November and our winter admission rates. Events throughout the year appear here under the drop-down menu.

The Gift Shop and Plant Nursery will re-open daily to all our visitors from 1st March 2016 from 10am – 5pm. The Tearoom and the Eeles Pottery, set within the gardens, will re-open daily to our paying visitors from 1st March 2016, when the Tearoom will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm and the Eeles Pottery will be open from 11am to 4pm.


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Gift Shop Halloween Gift Shop Halloween Bat

Halloween in the Gift Shop