Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury

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Get up close and personal with 600 swans at Abbotsbury Swannery. Start your visit at the Doyman's house to learn about the management of the swan colony over the years, which started at least as far back as 1393. Walk through the heart of the colony of Mute Swans, the only place in the world where visitors can do so. Help hand feed swans, or get lucky and hold a cygnet (young swan) under the watch of a swanherd. Get lost in the Willow maze or swing on the swinging nests play area. Purchase a Passport Ticket to combine your visit with other Abbotsbury attractions. Put Abbotsbury Swannery at the forefront of your travel plans using our Weymouth day trip planning app .
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  • Expensive entrance fee if a family but for only £1 more we also got tickets for subtropical gardens and children's farm which made it much better value for money. Children loved seeing the cygnets and...  more »
  • We visited on a sunny afternoon in July with our 10 month old Daughter. There's lots to see in terms of wildlife and farmlands with lovely country walks to get you to the main attraction! You must be ...  more »
  • It is fantastic just watching all the birds. They have also made it great the with picnic-tables etc, so next time, we will bring our lunch with us. There is also a great labyrinth and it is possible ...  more »
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  • If you like swans and have always wanted to see a large number of them up close, then boy, is this the place for you! Also featuring geese and other water birds. It's an interesting little place with a long history. I wouldn't say there's a LOT to do, but what it does it does well. Feeding times were 12pm and 4pm - swans en masse. There's an information area where you can learn about the history as well as information signs dotted around. The swans are basically human friendly, though it was not nesting season at the time of my visit. Your experience may vary.
  • Some of the best fish and chips I have ever had. Light crispy batter, perfect chips. Peanut allergies beware though, everything is fried in groundnut oil.
  • At £12.50 a head for admission we didn't get to see the swans, but the real letdown for us was the café. We spent just under £20 on 2 lunches (a Welsh rarebit and a hot beef baguette with 2 cups of tea). The rarebit comprised 2 pieces of soggy sliced bread with barely browned bland-tasting cheese mixture, a few pieces of lettuce and one slice of tomato. The beef baguette was also very poor: barely-warm 'pulled beef' in tasteless gravy inside a cold and very pale catering quality baguette, with the same poor attempt at a salad. I asked if I could have it without the advertised chips and was a bit surprised to be told brusquely that I could but it would be the same price! The teapot and hot water jug were both almost white with scale and could have benefitted from a proper clean, and neither would pour properly so most of the tea ended up in the saucers and on the table. In short we'll definitely not be going back.
  • Really nice place to spend 4 to 5 hours (probably a few hours more if you don't have small kids like me). Feeding the 600+ swans was good fun. Very friendly staff. The restaurant is expensive, but the quality was good and the portions a decent size. If you have small kids, note that the only set of toilets is by the main entrance, which is 5-10 minutes from the part where the swans are. You can use the Tesco clubcard days out vouchers here, which makes it good value.
  • Worth a visit to see and feed some of the hundreds of swans. The guide was interesting to listen to after the feeding, explaining about the tagging of the swans and the history of the swannery. The go carts were a big hit with our family. Worth booking online to save some money.

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