Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Voted the Historic Houses Association /Christie's Garden of the Year 2012. Acclaimed by Alan Titchmarsh as "one of the finest Gardens I have ever visited." Regularly featured on TV, most recently for a BBC Gardeners' World feature on camellias, with the excellent Carol Klein and expert Jennifer Trehane, and in James Wong's outstanding episode of the BBC's Great British Garden Revival series, on tropical gardens. Established in 1765.
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Chris H
Bristol, UK1,894 contributions
A delightful visit on a sunny day
May 2021
Booking in advance is always a gamble with the weather, but we were lucky and chose a sunny, although cool, day.

The gardens are a delight – in mid May we were lucky to catch the end of Spring flowering shrubs and the start of summer blooms.

The walk up to the viewpoint, despite a chilly wind at the top, was well worth the effort and the views both ways along Chesil Bank are rewarding.

After a stroll of a couple of hours all around the garden, we went to the café for some lunch.
Covid precautions are well managed – tables cleaned thoroughly between customers and a good queuing system. We chose ham, eggs and chips for lunch and this was excellent - freshly cooked and good portions.

It is a shame that dogs are allowed inside the café – the disturbance and noise as dogs yapped at one another was a disturbance we could have done without during a meal. And we worry about the hygiene implications of allowing dogs inside a restaurant. There are plenty of tables under cover outside.
Written 11 June 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

stax549
Coningsby, UK61 contributions
Gardners Questing Time!
Jun 2021 • Couples
Booked this along with the Swannery up the road. Well laid out, and very large, gardens contains plants from all over the world. Booked with the Swannery gets you £5.00 off and military personnel go free!! Nice series of sculptures around the gardens covering characters from Lewis Carroll’s, Beatrix Potter and Edward Lear. Worth a few hours of your day if you’re in the area. Only issue is the, apparent, lack of staff cleaning down tables in the cafe, I may have missed this as it was busy.
Written 10 June 2021
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LadyHighbury
London73 contributions
Well worth a visit
Jun 2021
There’s so much to see here, with loads of tree and plant variety, numerous different paths to spread the visitors out, a decent amount of benches and a great view over Chesil Beach, if you can manage the steep walk to the lookout. The gardens were larger than I anticipated and it’s easy to spend many hours here. Good value for money too.
Written 10 June 2021
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cltc43
Bristol, UK932 contributions
Excellent gardens, just a few issues
May 2021 • Couples
These are impressive gardens with all kinds of trees and bushes, many very colourful, and some of them huge. Statues, models, carvings and water features abound. The walk up to the Chesil Beach viewpoint is well worth it (though steep).

But as with so many attractions, there are improvements that could be made:

- the wait to enter seemed over-long (in excess of 10 minutes though only half a dozen people were in front of us) especially as everyone should have booked in advance. Perhaps the reason was that names had to be checked against a list, which seemed a very cumbersome way of going about things, and also the person immediately in front of us was for some reason allowed to pay on entry

- the shop, cafe and loos are outside the entrance, which means that if you want to use any of them during your visit, you have to exit the gardens and then either push past people or queue again to get back in. They could really do with having a loo and, say, a kiosk at the far end of the gardens

- one of the ladies loos had no toilet paper and did not flush. Who checks these things?

- no maps were available, and the outdoor children’s play area was closed, both ‘due to Covid’ - which seemed rather excessive for June 2021

- the choice of food in the cafe was good, but definitely over-priced

Apart from those provisos, the gardens are well worth a visit, and fairly good value for money.
Written 7 June 2021
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Family C
Gnosall, UK19 contributions
Relaxing taken to the next level.
May 2021
What a fabulous place. We stayed hours. I struggle to walk but there were plenty of benches to rest. It is such a peaceful, relaxing place. I wish we lived closer. Well worth booking. We managed to get some great plants at the shop too.
Lunch at the cafe was not great, a bit expensive. They had run out of sandwiches at 1pm ( although they were frilled after we purchased). I would take a picnic next time, lots of super area to chill.
Written 1 June 2021
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Pamela W
Hythe, UK57 contributions
Interesting Gardens
May 2021
Interesting gardens, however I had hoped that there would be more of a theme to them other than just wandering along tree lined paths. There was a main arrowed walk through with lots of paths off but because we did not have a map hadn't a clue half the time as to where we were or we were going. The paths can be a bit steep in places and uneven and I was surprised at one point to see that a wheelchair signed path although smoother was pretty steep to push someone up. Unfortunately the one thing I wanted to try (the rope ridge) was closed due to covid ........... Booking in at the shop as I had paid for the tickets with Tesco vouchers was easy as was the extra booking in at the ticket office, all Covid safe. We went just after opening and found it easy to stay distanced from people. My husband enjoyed the gardens (he is a tree hugger) whereas I prefer the Hanging Gardens of Heligan as feel they have more structure to them.
Written 28 May 2021
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CarolS98
Southampton, UK99 contributions
Beautiful gardens.
May 2021
Despite the miserable weather the gardens were still stunning and well kept. There was a clearly marked suggested route, although we did wander down other paths on occasion. Cream tea in the cafe however was disappointing. I didn't expect paper plates, a tea bag in a cup and plastic cutlery. I can forgive this as it may be to reduce Covid risks to staff. However, I can't forgive a stale scone,
Written 25 May 2021
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Andrew B
Lincoln, UK10,306 contributions
Really wonderful gardens - well worth a visit
May 2021
As HHA members we got in free and had a very friendly welcome from the lady at the ticket office. Bought a useful little guide book here for I think £2 - good value.

I realise these are tropical gardens but on entering them they did remind us of gardens in Barbados and that is a great credit and compliment to them. Sadly the weather didn't match that and unfortunately the Magnolia walk was closed.

The Gardens were immaculately maintained and presented and in mid May were giving great colour from among others rhododendrons and azaleas. Good paths, nice water features and plenty to see on the variety of walks - a real joy.

There is seemingly plenty of indoor seating in the tearoom but this seating was still closed due to the restrictions when we visited but there were a good number of tables in the courtyard.

In summary, this is a truly lovely place to visit and was one the nicer gardens we experienced on our visit to the area.
Written 25 May 2021
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baldy1967
Welling, UK13 contributions
Well worth a visit
May 2021
Well worth a visit if you enjoy gardens. Some lovely plants palms etc. Hard to get around if you have a mobility problem
Written 20 May 2021
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RJWells23
Weymouth, UK66 contributions
Good gardens but restaurant not for GF people.
May 2021
My husband and I are members and have always loved this place. The gardens are still lovely.
The Colonial Restaurant was always a bit pricey but the food has always been good and, being Gluten free ( out of necessity for my health, not choice) I could always rely on an excellent jacket potato meal. Alas, this is no more, as the jacket potatoes seem to have been dropped in favour of a choice for vegans. I risked a chicken burger today but left the bun and the baguette that came with it. Such a disappointment and I’ll have to take my own lunch in future. We used to go here sometimes just for the meal but, apart from a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of GF cake ( if on the menu) I shall not be going to the restaurant often in future.
This not the first attraction I have visited recently that has made this change and I getting a bit annoyed. With Jacket potatoes on the menu, there is always a GF option.
Written 20 May 2021
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