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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
+44 1460 220231
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We have visited with 5 years old and there was plenty to do with her. Half term/Halloween: we could... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
Maria K
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Woking
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Beautiful garden, wonderful large house

Really enjoyed today’s visit. The gardens are very pretty and with a mixture of formal planting... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Stephen B
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Devon, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“rock garden” (16 reviews)
“tea room” (36 reviews)
“plant centre” (22 reviews)
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Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We have visited with 5 years old and there was plenty to do with her. Half term/Halloween: we could pick our own pumpkins and throw them down the hill which was fun. The whole gardens were Halloween themed so you could see nicely arranged pumpkins,...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed today’s visit. The gardens are very pretty and with a mixture of formal planting, more wild areas and ponds. There’s also a fine selection of old statues spread around the grounds. Do ensure you see the large fountain, which displays for 15 minutes...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

What a fantastic, unusual place - the gardens are beautiful and so varied that it is fun to discover them with children. Hide and seek in the bog garden was great as well as the official children's trail. The vegetable garden was extraordinary and loved...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Well worth a visit if in the wider Taunton area. The gardens are stunning and you must see the fountain fire up (it does so at regular times) but stand well back unless you want to get soaked). Do take note of the website advice...More

Thank Rae E
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

A delightful house and garden. We visited during term time and there were relatively few visitors so we were able to enjoy a relaxed and leisurely walk around the lovely country garden.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

While holidaying in Lyme Regis we decided to visit Forde Abbey, a former Cistercian monastery. Had a lovely walk around the immaculate gardens and timed it just right for the fountain in the lake to be switched on at midday. Magnificent! Had a very interesting...More

Thank Christine P
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The gardens are quite simply - stunning with the backdrop of Forde Abbey as a bonus. Lots of hidden garden areas to explore, interlaced with sculptures for added interest and water features galore - quite apart from the spectacular water fountain. Lots of seating areas...More

Thank Sandie A
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

We really enjoyed our visit,lovely weather, really well kept. Wonderful flower borders, and walled veg garden. especially loved the fountain at 3pm. Great place to visit, with our dog too!

Thank cynthia w
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

I visited on a Monday so the house wasn't open but I had intended to limit my visit to the gardens this time round. Beautiful autumn day so perfect for wandering around the gardens. The abbey itself is a stunning building and although it is...More

Thank jean s
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580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your lovely review. I am so glad you really felt the peace and tranquility that the Abbey and its grounds provide. It is something that has been mentioned in writings about the place ever since the monks were here. I hope you...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Great day out, interesting gardens, it is worth going all the way up to where the streams enter the property. Fountain very good but only on for short periods at certain times. Very good garden centre which specialises in plants suitable for south west England.More

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580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you for your kind review. I am glad you made it all the way to the Bog Garden it is certainly worth the effort. I am afraid the fountain only comes on at certain times as we would otherwise have a 30 acre bog...More

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