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Forde Abbey & Gardens

Forde Abbey | Chard, TA20 4LU, England
01460 220231
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Ranked #65 of 295 Attractions in Somerset
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Owner description: Thirty acres of beautiful gardens, surrounding one of the oldest inhabited houses in England that is open to the public, features a rockery, bog... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Despite visiting on a really wet day, Forde Abbey turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. The gardens were beautiful and there was plenty of space for our three young children to run about and explore. We particularly liked the bog garden, with all its secret pathways and bridges. The house attendants were very welcoming and... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had a wonderful time. The gardens are a real delight; and the fountain is a must. The house is interesting, with really welcoming (but not pushy) room guides.

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Dorset, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We,my mum my son who is four and a half and I came here for a day out and it was a very pleasant day. It's incredibly ambient and relaxing, the gardens are very relaxing to sit! I would recommend taking a picnic as the food prices in my opinion are over the top, £6 for a sandwich! We were... More

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Portchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We visited Forde Abbey with our dog as we had read that dogs were welcome. We were allowed everywhere ( including the cafe) except for the actual abbey and had a very pleasant few hours there. The fountain is turned on three times a day and was quite surprising in its height! Volunteers and staff were all dry friendly and... More

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Rochdale, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We visited Forde Abbey and gardens because we could take our dog in the gardens. The gardens are full of interest for everyone with many unusual and colourful plants and flowers. We didn't see any dog mess despite a previous review. The fountain was spectacular and there were many other interesting water features. We found the bog garden particularly impressive... More

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited in a very Sunny June 2014. Lovely place, don't know if it was just me but the staff on the reception were a little cold to approach & was a little like dealing with automatons rather than Human Beings. On entering you walk through a very pleasant walled Garden with all sorts of Fruits & vegetables growing. At least... More

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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I took a coach party to Forde Abbey yesterday - a long journey from Surrey, but well worth it. The gardens are really lovely and the house has a wonderful atmosphere and is really interesting. We found the cafe very efficient dealing with a crowd and good value

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wiltshire (swindon)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Visited this on Sunday 6/7/14 was absolutely beautiful there are wonderful gardens to walk around and the house itself is breath taking, a beautiful fountain that they display at intervals. Now then a must see is Twiglet a Shetland pony that is in retirement there and although not confirmed they think he is the oldest pony that exists, he is... More

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Bromsgrove
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited on a fairly grey July day although the forecast rain turned out to be no more than a few very slight showers of drizzle. Despite this, the fact that we still enjoyed our visit is always a good sign as the greyness meant that Forde wasn't shown off at its best. Anywhere looks better when the sun shines.... More

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Southampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Take a fine day (summer is especially good but autumn and spring have their own interest) and enjoy this delightful private house and gardens set in beautiful English countryside. Choose a day when the house is open...the extra £2 is worthwhile. Built of honey coloured Ham stone it hosts among other interests, wonderful tapestries, 17th century copies of Raphael's cartoons... More

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