Forde Abbey House & Gardens offers a fabulous day out.
Forde Abbey is home to the beautiful Mortlake tapestries, woven from the internationally famous Raphael cartoons, now housed in the V&A, the Abbey has a rich and varied history spanning 900 years. Walk in the actual footsteps of the monks, and explore the exquisite interior featured in the latest Hollywood adaptation of ‘Far From the Madding Crowd.’
The highest powered fountain in the country is a highlight for many in 30 acres of award-winning gardens which include topiary-lined vistas, colourful herbaceous borders, a giant-sized labyrinth in the arboretum and swathes of early spring bulbs and camellias to provide all year round interest.
Visit the Undercroft Tearoom: The Tearoom is open daily to paying visitors to the house and gardens and serves a range of teas and coffees, together with a selection of delicious cakes (gluten free available) made in the Abbey Kitchens. Light lunches are served between 12 noon and 2.30pm.
Fruit picking : In season, the Forde Abbey fruit farm is a lovely way to wile away a couple of hours. They grow strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and tayberries (a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry) and you can either bring your own baskets or buy them on site.
Opening times: House 12noon to 4pm Gardens 10.30 to 4.30pm
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