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Forde Abbey & Gardens

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Address: Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
Phone Number: +44 1460 220231
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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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Beautifully maintained, Wonderful landscaped grounds, woodlands, lakes, fountain, various gardens including walled kitchen, perennial, bog, rock and lawn etc The historic abbey... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully maintained, Wonderful landscaped grounds, woodlands, lakes, fountain, various gardens including walled kitchen, perennial, bog, rock and lawn etc The historic abbey house is fascinating and magnificent, well worth going inside. Considering it is still owned and run by the Eeles family, independent from the huge resourceful might of the NT, it's truly excellent, and has a peaceful charm and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our dog to the gardens which we didn't have to pay for. You only pay for the walled gardens directly adjacent to the Abbey. A beautiful autumnal day to wander among the russet leaves. Didn't go into the house, it was closed. A beautiful place for a wander.

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waterlooville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was a cold November morning, but we thought a walk in the garden would be fine. We were welcomed by a very pleasant lady who shared with us that it was half price as only the garden and Chapel were open. Would have loved to see the house, maybe next visit. The colours in the garden were very Autumnal... More 

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United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These gardens were recommended to us by a friend, so whilst having a few days holiday up in that beautiful part of Somerset we called in, we were initially a bit disappointed that having got there at 12.30 the next ticketed entry to the house was at 3.15. unfortunately it wasn't convenient for us to stay around for that long,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely house and gardens. Cafe was great, with nicely prepared food. Lots of gluten free offerings, including sandwiches and cakes although it's not well advertised so you do have to ask.

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Chard, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Forde Abbey gardens never disappoint. There is something lovely year round to stroll past and enjoy, from the crocuses in early spring to sweet peas in the summer. Every summer, there is a fabulous Summer Fair with entertainments like falconing on horseback and hundreds of antique cars, food and craft stalls. Something for the whole family. The house itself is... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We were passind had a couple of hours to spare so decided to take a look and were not disappointed. We didn't have time to tour the house but the chapel was included in the basic garden admission price - it was lovely to hear the organ being played by a visiting gentleman while we looked around which added to... More 

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Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Visited on Sunday, walled garden has a fantastically floral display, particularly the Dahlias. Missed it at its best, but there is a year riund feature to see. The mermaid pond has a fountain, ot rather more accurately a guiser ! Hight of water for 15 minutes is 35 meters. Operates three times a day. The house, based upon a former... More 

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Sedgeford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Notwithstanding the lateness of the season, there was still much to see in the gardens which were well maintained and a lovely blend of formal, woodland, rock garden and wilderness. House well worth a visit, staff excellent and good value tea rooms. Don't agree with earlier comments about price-we found it excellent value for money.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

On our short holiday in Lyme Regis we saw this Abbey advertised and took a short drive to it. surprised that there was no concession for seniors as per other Heritage and Trust sites. Maybe they would increase their visitors if they introduced one. A very interesting guided tour (no photos) and pleasant gardens. Marveled at the height of the... More 

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