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Forde Abbey House & Gardens

Medieval monastery and gardens with beautiful planting.

  • 4.6

  • from 879 Google reviews

Forde Abbey and Gardens
Forde Abbey and Gardens

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About the garden

Forde Abbey was originally farmed by monks in the 12th century, but these days the gardens are open to the public and the spectacular sight of this ancient building, set in magnificent grounds is well worth a visit. The gardens are an incredible example of how history can be preserved and restored while also evolving to suit modern sensibilities and a changing climate. From the cleverly executed wildflower spiral and established Woodland Garden to new additions, which include an Asian-inspired woodland and prairie garden.

While the Abbey itself is notable for being included as one of the ‘Hundred Best Buildings’ in England by Pevsner, the garden also has its own claim to fame, with the country’s highest powered fountain. While you’re mulling over the mechanics behind the water feature, seek out the arboretum, bog garden and the Victorian kitchen garden, where the fragrant cut flowers are grown that adorn the house and tearoom. With so many stunning focal points (and well placed benches), and a colour palette that shifts and evolves tastefully throughout the seasons, it’s easy to see why monks were drawn to these 30 acres of Somerset.

Opening times

The gardens will be open for snowdrop weekends in February Open daily from 1st Mar - 31st Oct, 2022 10.30am - 5.00pm

Useful details

Garden area

30 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Somerset, TA20 4LU

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Forde Abbey House & Gardens
TA20 4LU
Sat Nav Postcode
TA20 4LU
Public Transport
The nearest train station is Crewkerne.
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Things to see

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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 879 Google reviews

Vicky Bath

2 weeks ago


Beautiful gardens. Easy to walk around and explore. House was very good. Wedding dress display was, fascinating. My only comment about the cafe was that we had, ordered cheese sandwiches and they came as, ham! But as, we aren't vegetarian they were delicious. Lovely day.

Jim Doyle

a month ago


If you are interested in wedding dresses this is the place for you. Great gardens and a spectacular fountain. So much more here that could have been explained - I felt short-changed! 12,000 years of history on the site and maybe 50 years of information supplied. I'll come back when it's finished.

Bob Iles

a month ago


A wonderful garden and house to visit in South Somerset. A large garden with a tall fountain that comes on periodically with some casual and formal planting. Mature trees, a house shaped beach tree formation and sculptures add to the interest along with water. The house itself is very interesting, a mix of periods adds to its interest and a stunning cloister room with fantastic stone sides and arches really give a pop to your visit. There is a café and gift shop, toilets and helpful staff. A great day out.

Lesley Ford

2 weeks ago


We purchased membership, at just £55.00 per couple, its a steal. The most relaxing walks in beautiful surroundings, my only reservation is the cost of food and drinks in the cafe... However picnics are most welcome, and if like us you have a dog, you can take them into the cafe with you. Well worth a visit every month as everything changes throughout the year, and dont miss the fountain.... Spectacular sight!

marjorie crew

a month ago


What a beautiful place to wander and relax. Everything about this house is so nice, definitely a place to chill on a warm day take a picnic and relax in the grounds and enjoy the fountain and gardens. Definitely will visit again

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01460 221290

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