Forde Abbey

The award-winning gardens stretch over 30 acres and are one of my favourite gardens in England.

In Spring, there are swathes of spring bulbs followed by daffodils and tulips – on my visit in April, the spiral flowerbed was at its best.

Summer is a season for enjoying the stunning herbaceous borders by the Canal or strolling through the Arboretum.

Other features include the magnificent Walled Kitchen Garden, four ponds, a rock garden and further away from the house, a bog garden.

Don’t miss the Centenary Fountain, created to celebrate 100 years of the Roper family at Forde Abbey. Check the website for when the fountain is turned on.

Forde Abbey is lived in by Alice and Julian Kennard. Alice is the fourth generation of Ropers to live at the Abbey.

Historic Houses members visit for free unless there is an event – check the website for details.

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Address: Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU View map Phone: 01460 221290 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: Yes
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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