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Forde Abbey & Gardens
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Forde Abbey & Gardens was originally farmed by monks in the 12th century, but these days you don’t need to be ordained to find your inner calm among these striking herbaceous borders.
Forde Abbey’s gardens are an incredible example of how 900 years of history have been preserved and restored while also evolving to suit modern sensibilities and a changing climate. From the cleverly executed wildflower spiral and established Woodland Garden to new additions, which include an Asian-inspired woodland and prairie garden. It’s also home to England’s highest-powered fountain. While you’re mulling over the mechanics behind the water feature, seek out the arboretum, bog garden and the Victorian kitchen garden, where the fragrant cut flowers are grown that adorn the house and tearoom. With so many stunning focal points (and well placed benches), it’s easy to see why monks were drawn to this Somerset garden.
Garden audio tours
Listen in on the secrets of selected gardens from their head gardeners. Our audio tours take you through seasonal planting, histories and stories.
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Areas of Forde Abbey & Gardens
GardensOpen daily throughout the year from 10.00am - 4.30pm.
HouseOpen 27th March – 31st October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 12 to 4pm.
Tea RoomOpen daily 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Shop and Plant CentreOpen daily 10.00am to 5.00pm.
Eeles PotteryThe pottery will be open between 11am and 4.30pm from Saturday 3rd March.