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Welcome to Forde Abbey

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Forde Abbey in Dorset is a treasure dating back almost 900 years.  It is a family home as well as a living and breathing working estate, and welcomes visitors all year round.

Please explore our website to see what you can experience on a day visit here: enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 30 acres of gardens and lakes (and watch England’s tallest powered fountain come on three times a day), and marvel at the age and beauty of the house, and the transformations it has gone through during its long life. Admire the famous Mortlake tapestries created from the cartoons Raphael painted for the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Enjoy a tea, or lunch, in the Monastic Undercroft Tearoom; browse the Gift Shop and Plant Centre for that unusual present or perfect plant. Hopefully you will find something for everyone here, and we look forward to welcoming you.

What’s happening at Forde Abbey

Autumn is in the air as cyclamen line the drive together with the bronze leaves falling from the trees above. Admire the dahlias as you walk up the Kitchen Garden path; they are just a taste of what’s to come. In the misty mornings the topiary looms large, while later on the sun glimmers on the lakes – and you may even catch a rainbow in the fountain!

Don’t miss Playful Pumpkins for Halloween over Half Term: Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October.hanging-spectres

We’re also taking bookings, in our Gift Shop and online for An Audience with Father Christmas, when Father Christmas will visit on Saturday 10th December. And if you enjoy Christmas decorations, then why not take a look at Grace Alexander’s workshops here on Saturday 3rd December.


If you have any questions or cannot find something on the website, please email info@fordeabbey.co.uk or call us on 01460 220231.

We had a lovely workshop here in June with Grace Alexander flowers. Below is a video taken by one of the attendees. Enjoy. And look out for more great events with Grace to come…