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Forde Abbey and Gardens

Forde Abbey
CHARD
Somerset
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)£5.00 per person per day
Child - House & Garden (5 - 15)£5.00 per person per day

Children under 5 - Free

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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.

Facilities

Other

  • Dog friendly
  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.

Key Features

  • 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
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Accessibility

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

Children & Infants

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

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Catering

  • 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.
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Accept Bank Transfers, Internet Payment or SWIFT/IBAN
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • 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.
  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Cash & Cheque accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Max group size - 250
  • Min group size - 15
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates - See webiste for details.
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Cater for groups
  • Coach drop-off point
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Event venue
  • Free car parking
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • On-site Restaurant/Cafe
  • Open all year
  • Picnic Area
  • Printed Material in Foreign Languages - French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
  • Shop
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Specialist Features

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

Languages spoken

  • French spoken
  • German spoken
  • Spanish spoken

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

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

Tours and Demonstrations

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

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - Min - 15 Max - 250 Must be pre booked.

Opening Times

Tearoom (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 16:30*
Shop (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Plant Nursery (1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
House (24 Mar 2017 - 30 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
MondayClosed*
Tuesday - Friday12:00 - 16:00*
SaturdayClosed*
Sunday12:00 - 16:00*
Gardens (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:30*
Gardens (1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 15:30*
Tearoom (6 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 15:30*
Shop (6 Feb 2018 - 28 Feb 2018)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*

* 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

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