Forde Abbey


This elegant former Cistercian monastery and its 30 acres of award winning gardens has an amazing variety of historic buildings, art, formal gardens, and wide open spaces.

In 1649 Sir Edmund Prideaux transformed the Abbey into a magnificent commonwealth house. Of particular note are the splendid Mortlake tapestries and ceilings from the 1650s and the crucifixion painting dated c1320.

The world famous gardens include a walled working kitchen garden, ponds, cascades, ionic temple, rockery, bog garden, and the Centenary Fountain, the highest powered fountain in England.

Opening times:
Gardens: Every day 10am-4pm
House: Tuesday-Sunday 12-4pm (April – October)

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