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Forde Abbey and Gardens
Chard
Somerset
TA20 4LU

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey


Forde Abbey is a treasure that holds more than 900 years of history and romance. The Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery with 30 acres of gardens voted one of the top ten in England.

The variety found in this stately home makes it a wonderful place to spend a day and an ideal destination for group visits.

The abbey was founded in 1140 and sits on the banks of the River Axe. It is built of deep golden hamstone and has evolved over the years into a beautiful country house with immense character and charm. Presently home to the Roper family, it is one of the oldest inhabited houses in England open to the public.
The world famous gardens date from 1700 when the Great Pond was linked to a chain of ponds and cascades in one of the earliest examples of landscape gardening. The gardens also boast millions of spring bulbs, a bog garden, a rockery, an arboretum, herbaceous borders and a working walled kitchen garden.

Entrance Times 
The House, Gift Shop and Tearoom open from 1st April until the end of October
Closed Monday’s (except Bank Holidays)
The Gardens are open daily throughout the year 10.00am - 4.30pm (last admission).


Admission
Admission to the garden is £4 for adults until mid March. Children under 15 are free.
From 1st April:
House and Gardens
Adults £8.80
Seniors £8.20
Children (under 15) Free
Groups of 20+ £6.20

Gardens Only
Adults £7.00
Seniors £6.50
Children (under 15) Free
Groups of 20+ £5.50