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Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard
(4.1/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
Once described as "...the most perfect monastery in England", Forde Abbey is a beacon of elegant antiquity, set within the exquisite countryside of Dorset. Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, the Abbey still embodies the serenity and philosophy of the order who lived, prayed and farmed here.

Walk in the actual footsteps of the monks as they carried out their daily duties in these medieval surroundings. Experience the wonderful English Gothic setting created by the Prideaux family when they transformed the austere Abbey into a post-Renaissance palace.

From 1141 to the present day, Forde Abbey is a stunning example of history preserved but not petrified, where the Kennard family continues to live and work in an informal style and where visitors will always receive a warm welcome.
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  • this is such a lovely place to visit, the abbey and gardens are beautiful, lovely food and the nursery full of plants to buy 
  • Beautifully maintained, Wonderful landscaped grounds, woodlands, lakes, fountain, various gardens including walled kitchen, perennial, bog, rock and lawn etc The historic abbey house is fascinating an...  more »
  • We took our dog to the gardens which we didn't have to pay for. You only pay for the walled gardens directly adjacent to the Abbey. A beautiful autumnal day to wander among the russet leaves. Didn't g...  more »