Forde Abbey and Gardens
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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Cafe or restaurant
Dog friendly
Paid entry
Disabled facilities
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.

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Areas of Forde Abbey & Gardens

  • Gardens

    Open daily throughout the year from 10.00am - 4.30pm.
  • House

    Open 27th March – 31st October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 12 to 4pm.
  • Tea Room

    Open daily 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • Shop and Plant Centre

    Open daily 10.00am to 5.00pm.
  • Eeles Pottery

    The pottery will be open between 11am and 4.30pm from Saturday 3rd March.

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