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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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  • 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 »
  • It was a cold November morning, but we thought a walk in the garden would be fine. We were welcomed by a very pleasant lady who shared with us that it was half price as only the garden and Chapel were...  more »
  • These gardens were recommended to us by a friend, so whilst having a few days holiday up in that beautiful part of Somerset we called in, we were initially a bit disappointed that having got there at ...  more »