Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Near Chard, Somerset
Average visit time – 2-3 hours
Things to do at Forde Abbey House and Gardens review
Forde Abbey House and Gardens is a historic country house with award-winning gardens near Chard in Somerset. It is a former Cistercian Monastery that was built around the mid-12th-century. It has a long and varied history and was mostly neglected in the 19th century. The current family owners have lived in the house since 1905.
Much of the original monastery, including the abbey church was demolished in the period after the dissolution of the monasteries. Only two statues on display in the great hall remain today. Some of the monastic parts of the current house remain today such as the Great Hall, the cloisters, monk’s accommodation, upper refectory and the undercroft. There are a number of rooms which you can see inside. The house is open between April and October and the gardens are open all year round. Make sure you pick up a ‘Children’s guide to the house’ as this will help make their visit more fun and interesting.
The gardens are Grade II* listed and they cover 30 acres. There are several water features, planted gardens and an arboretum. The gardens are home to the highest-powered water fountain in the country. There is no play area for the kids but they will enjoy exploring and stretching their legs.
Kids can also have a go at Letterboxing. You follow the trail around the garden to find the hidden boxes and stamps to mark the trail map. Based on the famous Dartmoor letterboxes, there is a prize draw for completed trails at the end of the season.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
FAQ and Further Information Forde Abbey House and Gardens
Address: Forde Abbey, Estate, Chard TA20 4LU Somerset, England. Phone: 01460 220231
Category – Historic House – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages
Is there food and drink available?
There is a coffee shop on-site. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house you can explore with children’s activity park, 30 acres of gardens and a letterboxing stamp trail. There are toilets and a coffee shop.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range. An adult ticket costs £12.50, children 5-15 £5, under 5s are free. Annual passes are available.
Is there parking?
There is a free on-site car park.
When are they open?
The gardens are open all year round and the house is open from April until late October. For up to date opening times please visit their website.
Dogs are allowed into the grounds on short leads. Assistance dogs are permitted indoors.
Are they accessible?
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