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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset, TA20 4LU

Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey, Chard, Dorset, TA20 4LU

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 , Forde Abbey , 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 £12.50, Child (under 15 Free). Gardens only: Adult £10.00, Child (under 15) Free. Group (10+) 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.
Facilities: 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
Organisation(s): Historic Houses Association

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