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Forde Abbey and Gardens

Type:Historic House/Palace

Forde Abbey
TA20 4LU

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Forde Abbey and Gardens

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Garden only£10.00 per ticket
Adult - House & Garden£13.00 per ticket
Child - Garden Only (5 - 15 years)£5.00 per ticket
Child - House & Garden (5 - 15 years)£5.00 per ticket
Child under 5 yearsFree

10% discount when tickets are purchased in advance online at

Group and School discounted tickets are available. Visit website to complete booking form.



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Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A30. Follow brown tourist signs from A30 Chard to Crewkerne or A358 Chard to Axminster.

Public Transport Directions

No suitable public transport. Nearest railways Crewkerne or Axminster.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop


  • On-Site café/restaurant - Cafeteria style, South Undercroft seats 150 max. Open 1 Mar- 31 Oct, daily, from 1100. Light lunches, teas and cream teas.

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children - Baby-changing facilities in the Disabled loos. Children's trails around the gardens and within the house.

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • Dog Friendly - on lead please.
  • Event venue
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - Allow one hour for the house (return visit on the same day possible if admission ticket retained) and two hours for the gardens and plant centre. More if tearoom and shop and pottery exhibition also visited.
  • Film or TV location - Forde Abbey most recently featured in "Far From the Madding Crowd", with the Great Hall appearing as the Corn Exchange, where Bathsheba first meets Mr Boldwood.
  • In countryside
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Max group size - 250
  • Min group size - 15
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - for cars and coaches. Free.

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • Dutch printed material
  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Italian printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted - Must be pre booked.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Must be pre booked.

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available - Group discounts for 10 or more people. See website for details.
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - Minimum is 15, maximum is 250. Must be pre-booked.

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

Opening Times

Gardens (1 November 2018 - 31 March 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:30*
Tearoom (6 February 2019 - 28 February 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:30*
Shop (6 February 2019 - 28 February 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Tearoom (1 March 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*
Shop (1 March 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Plant Nursery (1 March 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
House (24 March 2019 - 30 October 2019)
Tuesday - Friday12:00 - 16:00*
Sunday12:00 - 16:00*
Gardens (1 April 2019 - 31 October 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30*

* Last admission to the Gardens 4.30pm in the summer, 3.30pm in the winter; last admission to the House 4pm. England's tallest powered fountain comes on daily at 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm (weather permitting) 1st March - 31st October. Eeles Pottery open Easter to October. Full details on our website.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Thursday, 13th December 2018 - Thursday, 20th December 2018

Forde Abbey's White ChristmasForde Abbey's Christmas Illuminated TrailChristmas at Forde Abbey is a magical time of year, and this December we’ll be inviting you to share in the joy and wonder of the season with an enchanting trail around the gardens. After dark, and with even more sparkle than before, we’ll be lighting the long borders, illuminating the champion...
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