Forde Abbey was a Cistercian monastery, founded mid-12th century, and has been a private home since 1543. The buildings seen today almost all existed when the monks departed. The interior was substantially remodelled in 1649-58 by Edmund Prideaux, Cromwell´s Attorney-General. The Grand Saloon displays a complete set of Mortlake tapestries and there are collections of fine furniture, paintings and elaborate plaster ceilings. The award-winning 30 acre garden has herbaceous borders, a bog garden, lakes, statues, rockery and the Centenary fountain, the highest powered fountain in England.
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Information on Forde Abbey & Gardens , Chard
|Opening Times:||Easter to end Oct Tue to Fri, Sun & BH Mons, 12:00-16:00. Gardens daily all year, 10:00-16:00.|
|Admission:||House & Gardens: Adult £11.00, Child (under 15 Free), Seniors £10.00. Gardens only: Adult £9.00, Child (under 15) Free, Senior £8.00. Group (15+) please ring 01460 220231.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Dog Friendly:||Dogs Permitted (Well behaved dogs on short leads)|
|Location:||Just off the B3167 four miles south east of Chard. Follow the brown tourism signs.|
Free admission to wheelchair users; limited access to the house (a/v display in Great Hall); disabled loos; recommended garden route; access to Shop and Tearoom; battery car available to hire: please telephone the Shop to reserve on 01460 221699., Disabled Access, Gift Shop, Plant Centre, Guided Tours, Parking, Parking Availability, Tea Room
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