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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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  • Gardens obviously not at there best but enjoyable visit and plenty of interest in the abbey itself. Garden did however have plenty of vegetables on show. 
  • Lovely place to visit and relaxing . Gardens are lovely to wander around. Cafe is good especially the under cloysters. Shop is good for small gifts. I would recommend it to friends . Downside to get i...  more »
  • this is such a lovely place to visit, the abbey and gardens are beautiful, lovely food and the nursery full of plants to buy