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Illuminated garden and house

The weather was poor very heavy showers but what an amazing visit. The ‘house ‘ was beautifully... read more

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Somerset, United Kingdom
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House and Gardens

Entry to the house and Gardens at Forde Abbey isn't cheap for a family but it's worth paying for... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
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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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU, England
+44 1460 220231
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The weather was poor very heavy showers but what an amazing visit. The ‘house ‘ was beautifully decorated simple but stunning a huge amount of work and dedication from the team! The gardens were truly stunning so cleverly lit to enhance the structure of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Entry to the house and Gardens at Forde Abbey isn't cheap for a family but it's worth paying for both (you can do the gardens only). The house has a ton of history and is beautifully preserved. The gardens/lawns are a fab place for a...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Promoted as an evening with fireworks, 'special guests, lights, a bar and 'street food' it sounded like fun. It was pricey (12.50 on the gate) and billed as running from 5.30 to 9 pm. We arrived at 6 pm to find a 50 metre long...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter G
Reviewed 5 November 2018

The building is still private, so much of it is shut off, but what you can see is lovely. But the setting and the gardens make this place worth a visit. Notably good are the ponds and fountain and the very impressive walled vegetable garden....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Andy B
Reviewed 5 November 2018

Forde Abbey is local to us and we have visited on a number of occasions. It has beautiful gardens and of interest architecturally. It has taken to organizing events but the Firework Event they held 3 days ago was extermely disappointing for the price paid....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Peter G
Reviewed 31 October 2018 via mobile

We were staying at nearby Cricket St Thomas and the seaside was chilly so we headed inland. We had some difficulties as my partner had had 2 heart attacks last week and had limited energy and mobility. We were met by Miss Roper in her...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank V4048SKsusanb
Reviewed 30 October 2018

This is a very large house and grounds so you need time to do the house justice.You can just explore the grounds or do the house and grounds. The house opened at 12pm . So we explored the grounds that are well kept. The fountain...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank swift-simba
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The abbey is set in lovely compact grounds a short drive out of Chard. It is a lovely place to,visit. The house is interesting but it is well worth a season ticket to the abbey so one can observe the changing of the seasons in...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank davidfP7702SV
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We had a lovely welcome on arrival with directions and helpful staff. We did not do the house but the garden was lovely. The trees were beautiful in their autumn colours. The garden was not spectacular but very tranquil and peaceful, and the fountain was...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank dee01273
Reviewed 18 October 2018

beautiful house and gardens that have the potential to offer so much more. shame a lot of the plants were covered with green netting making it difficult to see what's underneath! wonderful head gardener who was willing to chat through the names of things and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Tracie M
3 April 2017|
Response from Joan J | Reviewed this property |
Hi I believe it is the river Axe.
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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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