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Forde Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
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+44 1460 220231

Thirty acres of beautiful gardens, surrounding one of the oldest inhabited...

Thirty acres of beautiful gardens, surrounding one of the oldest inhabited houses in England that is open to the public, features a rockery, bog garden, arboretum and millions of spring bulbs.

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Beautiful place with pleasant atmosphere.

Interesting house with lots to see. Gardens were beautiful with a calm peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a stroll on a warm sunny day. The Centenary Fountain is spectacular and is... read more

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Interesting house with lots to see. Gardens were beautiful with a calm peaceful atmosphere, perfect for a stroll on a warm sunny day. The Centenary Fountain is spectacular and is turned on four (I think) times per day. The cafe serves a small range of hot and cold food, my beef and horseradish sandwich with a good helping of fresh... More 

1 Thank AndrewSG51
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited the gardens only, lovely tulip display enjoyed by us all. Some of our party had limited walking ability so we didn't go too far and you could spend much longer roaming the grounds, but felt it worth the trip. Must be lovely when the walled garden is full later in the year.

Thank Sheila D
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to this Abbey and enjoyed our visit but the entrance fee for the gardens and house at £13 per person with no reductions for pensioners expensive. There is also a tea room which is also expensive and inside looks a bit like a works canteen, again the staff are nice. The gardens are very nice and there are... More 

Thank John D
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely welcome. Amazing gardens at this time of year. Beds of Tulips are gorgeous. Lovely cakes and drinks in the cafe. Lovely capuchino made by the barista. Thank you.

Thank minycoedpeter
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

great just to wander round at your own leisure,can easily spend a day here.There is plenty to see and do.What we loved was the feeling of getting away from everything & doing what we liked

Thank BristolAlbertus
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292 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we saw the signs to the Abbey and decided to drive by to take a look and perhaps stop for a much needed cup of tea {cream tea perhaps} Turned out that the abbey was closed to the public, however the gardens were open. My husband asked if it was possible to frequent the cafe for a cup of tea,... More 

5 Thank Baby-Babble
Oxford, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yet another return visit to this delightful Abbey and gardens. It has such a wonderful feel to it and is efficiently run. The restaurant is embellished with beautifully grown pot plants, service is good and the food excellent. The gardens are magical and there is a superb plant nursery where you can find those out of the ordinary gems that... More 

Thank pulsatilla2016
Ascot, United Kingdom
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206 reviews
82 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As it was a lovely morning, we explored the gardens first, resplendent in their spring glory. Beautiful colours. Lots of benches so you can just sit and take in the views. Great water features, large pools that waterfall into others. Worth watching the fountain explode. Quite spectacular. The cafe is good, inside a long refectory type room and a few... More 

Thank Gill O
Ulverston, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Never seen so many Crocus in any other garden I have visited. Also great displays of magnolias, daffodils, scillas, trilliums and primroses. Wonderful surroundings, great tearoom, shop, pottery and extensive range of good quality plants for sale as well as 50+ varieties of sweet pea seeds for sale. Very friendly gardeners who obviously work very very hard.

Thank lbw1
Sliema, Malta
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Grand manor unfurnished house set in wonderful gardens. What is so good about an unfurnished house? Basically the history and the recovery from a pre war ruin to its present refurbishment.

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