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Forde Abbey & Gardens, Chard

Categories: Gardens, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Visited on Sunday, walled garden has a fantastically floral display, particularly the Dahlias. Missed it at its best, but there is a year riund feature to see. The mermaid pond has a fountain, ot rath...  read more »
  • Notwithstanding the lateness of the season, there was still much to see in the gardens which were well maintained and a lovely blend of formal, woodland, rock garden and wilderness. House well worth a...  read more »
  • On our short holiday in Lyme Regis we saw this Abbey advertised and took a short drive to it. surprised that there was no concession for seniors as per other Heritage and Trust sites. Maybe they would...  read more »
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