Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey is a privately owned former Cistercian monastery dating back to the early 12th century. It was converted into a palatial family home during the mid 17th century. The Garden was developed in the 1800s and has continued to evolve over the years. 

Address: Forde Abbey Estate, Chard, TA20 4LU (Google map)

Forde Abbey Dorset

 In February there are wonderful displays of crocuses and snowdrops in almost every corner of the grounds. These are followed by great displays of daffodils and tulips both in the Walled Garden and the grounds. You will also see camellias, rhododendrons followed by Spring flowering plants in the bog garden.

Summer sees wonderful herbaceous borders by the Canal, and nearby on the slopes wild flowers take their place. There is also a massive gravity fountain fed by the 2 lakes.
Autumn brings a finale of colour around the grounds.

Forde Abbey Garden

Forde Abbey House & Gardens Ticket Price

The gardens are open daily from 1st March until 31st October 10.30am – 5pm (last entry 4pm), tickets must be bought in advance.

The house is open 1st April until 30th October from 12pm onwards (last entry 3.30pm). The house is open Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sun and Bank Holiday Monday. The house is closed Mon & Sat.

Tickets should be booked online at

Check website for up-to-date information

Ticket TypeGardensHouse & Gardens
Adult (16+)£14.50£18
Child (5-15)£5£5
under 5sFreeFree
Historic Houses Association membersFreeFree
RHS members (Mondays only)FreeFree
Prices to be used as a guide only and subject to change. Check website before visiting. Info last updated 06 April 2023

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