Forde Abbey House and Gardens

Forde Abbey House and Gardens, Chard, TA20 4LU

Forde Abbey House and Gardens


The House

Home to the stunning 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 Gardens

Nominated for Historic Houses ‘Garden of the Year’ award 2019, the garden continues to evolve with sustainability very much at the heart of its aesthetic. An Asian woodland and prairie garden are just a few of the new designs turning the page on the next chapter of the garden.

Plant Nursery

A seasonal selection of reasonably priced herbaceous perennials, grown on site, along with helpful advice and pots of inspiration for the garden –  visitors rarely leave empty-handed!


Held regularly - please see website.


Accessibility/ Disabled Access

Forde Abbey have made the site as accessible as possible for people with disabilities and restricted mobility, given the obvious restraints of a listed house and garden. Entry to the garden for both a person with a disability and their accompanying carer is half price, on the production of a disabled persons registration card or a blue badge.

Much of the garden is accessible to people in wheelchairs, although there are some sloping gravel paths and lawns, and the Bog Garden may present some difficulties. On arrival, the most suitable paths for wheelchair users will be indicated to you. If you have any other disability, please ask staff for advice. There are benches around the gardens to rest. For advice before your visit regarding accessibility, please telephone the Gift Shop between the opening hours of 10.30am – 5pm; 01460 221699.

There are accessible toilet facilities. For more information on accessibility, click on the button. 


Please see website or social media for current opening times and admission prices.



Photos credit: Forde Abbey House and Gardens


  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings Group Bookings
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Coach Parking Coach Parking

Contact Details

Forde Abbey House and Gardens, Chard, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA20 4LU

Open February to end October, daily, 10.30am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)

Adult £12.50. Child £5.00.

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