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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
+44 1460 220231
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Good but expensive

Visited Forde Abbey lovely place with great gardens but far too expensive £13.for an adult not... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John S
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
via mobile
An interesting place with delightful gardens

We had such a lovely day here, the gardens are really beautiful and the Abbey most interesting. We... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
EandPBath
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Bath, United Kingdom
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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.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LU, England
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visited Forde Abbey lovely place with great gardens but far too expensive £13.for an adult not value for money shame.

Thank John S
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had such a lovely day here, the gardens are really beautiful and the Abbey most interesting. We spent more time outside strolling around the gardens, we were blessed with dry weather. Really worth a visit if you are in this part of the world....More

Thank EandPBath
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Delightful gardens & stunning herbaceous beds, vegetable garden, and a spectacular tall fountain that's turned on for 15 minutes every couple of hours (ask at the entrance for times - you won't want to miss it) - all in the peaceful grounds of an old...More

Thank Reid-EMR
Reviewed 1 week ago

Built 900 years ago by Cistercian monks lots of history to see in the beautiful rooms. Outside is a30acre garden with England's highest powered fountain,there is a gift shop with Eeles Pottery. Visit the tearoom and finish off in the plant centre.

Thank 930barriew
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The gardens are lovely and the fountain is fantastic, We also spent ages walking around the house reading all the interesting information on the history of the owners the servants and the building it self.More

Thank Trevor B
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind review. I am so glad you enjoyed the house and all its history, having been here almost 900 years there is certainly enough of it. The fountain has been a fun addition to the garden, although if you are not...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the Abbey on a Saturday not knowing the house was closed. Paid £ 10 each to look at the grounds which were disappointing for the price. The fountain did not come on at mid day this was not mentioned when purchasing tickets. We will...More

Thank 1959anthony
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry to read your review. We do advertise our opening times widely both on our website and in all our printed literature, making a special effort to make it clear when the house is open. As for the fountain not coming on at...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a lovely day, put was very disappointed that the water figure was not working today. This was one of the reasons of our visit to Forde today.More

Thank Helen S
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am glad you enjoyed your day with us. I am sorry you missed the fountain. Due to the activities happening in the lake on Thursday and the weather conditions we were only able to put the fountain on once rather than the three times...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had the great misfortune to visit this event. Stuck in a traffic jam for one and a half hours to get in only to find there were 3 or 4 stewards stopping the cars and asking for payment before letting the cars enter the Abbey...More

1  Thank reest186
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am sorry that you did not enjoy the event on thursday. We did experience a problem on the gate you used sadly as 6 volunteers did not turn up. This had a knock on effect for just over an hour and half while the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The weather was very warm which made the Garden the place to be The Fountain is impressive House & Chappel were excellent

Thank h0rkesley
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind review. We love the fountain as well, you can see it from about 3 miles away if you know where to look.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Firstly you need to know that the fountain operates 3 times a day for 15 minutes each time. It runs at 12:00, 13:30 and 15:00. It is a brilliant spectacle and we were lucky as, not knowing the times, we were there at the right...More

1  Thank janetgonegardening
580aliceK, Manager at Forde Abbey & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the gardens and fountain, whose spray can be carried quite a way when the wind picks up! I'm sorry you were disappointed with the sculptures we do have a further two artists joining the existing...More

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House & Gardens Adults £12.50 Children under 15 free Gardens only Adults £10.00 Children under 15 free
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