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Forde Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
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+44 1460 220231

Thirty acres of beautiful gardens, surrounding one of the oldest inhabited...

Thirty acres of beautiful gardens, surrounding one of the oldest inhabited houses in England that is open to the public, features a rockery, bog garden, arboretum and millions of spring bulbs.

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Beautiful gardene

Gorgeous gardens. In particular the blue poppies are lovely. It was a lovely day and the flowers were gorgeous. The staff were very informative in the house and the shop and were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Crawley, United Kingdom
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Crawley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gorgeous gardens. In particular the blue poppies are lovely. It was a lovely day and the flowers were gorgeous. The staff were very informative in the house and the shop and were very friendly.

Thank 364ros
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a R.H.S. partner garden so saved ten pounds getting in. Lovely gardens, with lots of wild flower meadows. Interesting house and nice tea room.

Thank Graf
San Francisco
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a garden mad friend to visit Forde and she had a fantastic time. As did we all!! The gardens are very interesting, the fountain is spectacular and as for the house! Well it is a fascinating tour and has been presented as a most interesting collection of rooms, furniture, photos and exhibits. Unhesitatingly recommended.

Thank Roger R
Wimborne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Spent a lovely day here at Forde Abbey. Lovely historic house stately home. Really interesting. Beautiful large gardens, Lovely picturesque walks in the grounds. Nice tea room.

Thank Lynne A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on a rainy afternoon but still managed to enjoy the beautiful gardens and fountain. We thought the interiors were interesting but were disappointed we couldn't see more. The scones were the best we had during our week in Dorset.

Thank grotbags
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really disappointed that the owners of Forde Abbey only consider those in wheelchairs disabled. No concessions offered for any other type of disability.

Thank fergie976
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited on a Sunday and arrived before house and gardens opened. Visited shop and nursery. Bought 2 unusual ferns. Excellent nursery which contained plants I have never seen before

Thank lindycedars9
Chard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The gardens and gift shop make a lovely destination for a day out. The grounds are largely wheelchair and pushchair friendly. The restaurant/coffee shop serve light lunches and teas and coffees with cakes. There is also a plant sales area. Friendly and welcoming.

Thank ManjoBRS
South West England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As members of the HHA, admission was free. They allow dogs in the grounds and cafe, but not in the abbey itself, which is perfectly reasonable. The gardens are well tended and the abbey has a nice plant centre attached. On our visit the tulips were in full blossom and we enjoyed seeing them very much. We walked to the... More 

Thank mabelEngland
Dorset, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with a coach party and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The grounds are extensive and very well presented - at this time of year the tulips still presented a wonderful show of colour. The Abbey appears to be in very good order for a building so old and the room guides were very knowledgeable and welcoming.

Thank Modigli

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