Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is home to the only colony of nesting mute swans that can be visited anywhere in the world.

Address: New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Nr Weymouth, DT3 4JG (Google map)

Mute swans nest on large mounds that they build with waterside vegetation in shallow water on islands in the middle or at the very edge of a lake

The most popular time to visit is from mid-May until the end of June when you’ll be able to see loads of baby swans (cygnets) running around. You may be lucky and see some of the cygnets hatching before your eyes.

You can also help feed the swans at midday and 4pm each day.

Baby swans are known as cygnets.

Abbotsbury Swannery Entrance Tickets

Entry only to SwanneryOnlineOn the door
Adult (16+)£12£12
Child (5-15)£6£6
Carers for disabled adults and children enter for free. Under 5 go free.

If you are planning on visiting the nearby Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens then it’s cheaper to buy a “Passport Ticket” which allows entry to both attractions. You don’t have to visit both attractions on the same day.

Passport Ticket to Swannery, & GardensOnlineOn the door
Adult (16+)£18£18
Child (5-15)£9£9
Carers for disabled adults and children enter for free.

The mother swan (female) is called a pen.
The father swan (male) is called a cob. 
Young swans are called cygnets. 
swan’s beak is called a bill.

group of swans is generally called a flock of swans; but, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the correct name is a wedge of Swans (when they are flying in a “V” formation). A bevy of swans is also frequently used as is a herd or ballet.

Abbotsbury Swannery Map
Abbotsbury Swannery Map
Mute Swan
Mute swan with cygnets
Swans usually mate for life, although “divorce” sometimes occurs, particularly following nesting failure, and if a mate dies, the remaining swan will take up with another. 

Related Pages: Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens / Abbotsbury Village / Chesil Beach / Weymouth / West Bay Beach / Bridport