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Forde Abbey and Gardens in Somerset

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More than 900 years of history are here in this former Cistercian monestry with 300 acres of award winning gardens which include Englands most high powered fountain. This Stately Home makes a stunning venue for Weddings and other Celebrations.

Forde Abbey is a living, working estate and a family home founded in 1140 as a Monastery and has been a private home since 1543. The Abbeys history can be seen in the architecture of the house and garden and is one of the most fascinating buildings in he Country.

Abbot Baldwin, the 3rd Abbot became Archbishop of Canterbury before his death during the crusades. His successor John Devonius was one of the most learned men of his time, playing role of confessor to King John.

As well as the stunning house and gardens, you will also find a nursury selling a range of quality plants. Also dont miss Forde Abbey Fruit - Pick your own from a range of strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants, jostaberries and tayberries!

For refreshments there is a tea room. Also a Gift Shop and Pottery Exhibition for something to take home as a souvenir of your visit.

Contact details

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telephone:  01460 220231
address:  Chard
TA20 4LU

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Opening Times

The Gardens The Gardens are open every day throughout the year from 10am. Last admission is at 4.30pm and the gardens close at 6.30pm.

The House Open from Tuesday 1st April 2014.

Tearoom & Gift Shop
The Tearoom and Gift Shop . They will be open on Saturdays and Sundays in February 2014 for the Snowdrop Weekends. They will re-open daily from 1st March 2014, together with the Plant Nursery and a new Pottery exhibition.

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There is an Honesty Box by the entrance for a winter admission rate of 5. The winter rate is valid until 9th March 2014.

Prices 2014 House & Gardens - 2014, when the following prices will apply, held from 2013:

Adult: 11.00
Seniors over 65: 10.00
Children under 15:

Gardens only:
Adult: 9.00
Senior: 8.00
Children under 15: free
Well-behaved dogs on a short lead are welcome in the gardens and the tearoom, but are not allowed in the house. Dogs are admitted for free and there is a water bowl outside the tearoom.

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