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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 converted Cistercian abbey with well laid out gardens. Even thought the weather was sunshine and showers, we managed to see the gardens between showers and impressed... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2016
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Reviewed 18 May 2016

Beautiful converted Cistercian abbey with well laid out gardens. Even thought the weather was sunshine and showers, we managed to see the gardens between showers and impressed with the fountain display. The abbey has been changed into a lovely home with outstanding 17th century tapestries.

Thank JoMSussex
Croydon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

Difficult to find - thank goodness for the brown signs! At £10 entrance fee I though it was a bit expensive as the holes was closed (it was a Monday.) However the gardens are extensive and very well maintained - goslings waddling around and a lovely sunny day so a good excursion for me!

Thank pju4321
Wembdon, United Kingdom
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198 reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2016

We enjoyed the gardens of Forde Abbey and also had a nice lunch here- the house was off limits as we had our dog with us but because the weather was so good this was not a problem. Cost wise this is good value I think and we spent over 2 hours walking and also having lunch. The views are... More 

Thank Phil C
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Sounds good .. dog friendly, including café and gardens, with house and grounds both worth a look. We found; TICKETS NO CONCESSIONS FOR OLDER PEOPLE. FOOD. Not especially imaginative or extensive menu; our food would have been a little less expensive in National Trust. DOG POLICY Ticket counter person stated dog needs to on lead everywhere. This is understandable and... More 

Thank RupertandAlgy
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2016

We were fortunate to have a lovely sunny day for our visit and spent several hours exploring the gardens., which are large, varied and very well maintained. Do take the time to watch the fountain when it is scheduled to be displayed as it is quite spectacular. The Abbey building is interesting but we felt there was not enough information... More 

Thank LesleyandClive
Southampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across this attraction whilst driving around. We were pleasantly surprised. The house was interesting and there was a lot to see. The gardens are beautiful and diverse. There are different ponds, gardens and an arboretum. The tea rooms are lovely and even have a supply of soya milk. A nice surprise!

Thank Sareeta C
Witney, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

The grounds are very tranquil and beautifully laid out. The house is truly amazing and magnificent, so much history and unlike national trust properties you are made to feel you can enjoy the fabric of the building close up. An irresitble garden centre for those who are keen on finding some unusual plants. Excellent value .

Thank Michaelfox28
Letchworth, United Kingdom
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226 reviews
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Visited the gardens but not the house. The gardens were lovely with a wide array of tulips accompanied by bluebells and blossom trees. Impressive fountain in one of the ponds. A very pleasant place to visit although it would have had 5 stars had there been concessions for older visitors. £10 for the gardens and £12 to include the abbey... More 

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73 reviews
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Reviewed 2 May 2016

beautiful gardens,well signposted,awesome fountain and were lucky enough to see 6 cute goslings and parents in bog area. house was interesting-not too much information as then you don't remember anything ! yummy cakes and coffee in tea rooms and finally the shop and plant sales-plants more expensive than my local garden centre but looked 1st class specimens.

Thank PontypoolSophie
West Sussex
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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

When visiting Dorset we always look forward to going to Forde Abbey. The gardens get better every year.The new winter garden has really taken shape. On this visit (late April) the gardens had some spectacular displays of tulips.We normally also visit in the summer when the rock garden is at its best. Make sure you time your arrival in the... More 

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