Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester. Developed since then into a 30-acre grade 1 listed magnificent woodland valley garden. World famous for it’s Camellia Groves, Magnolias, Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections. In summer it is awash with colour. Since the restoration after the great storm of 1990 many new and exotic plants have been introduced. The garden is now a mixture of formal and informal, with a charming walled garden and spectacular woodland valley views.
Facilities include a Colonial Restaurant for lunches, snacks and drinks, a Plant Centre and quality Gift Shop. During 2015, Abbotsbury celebrated its 250th anniversary by installing a fabulous Burma Rope Bridge which has proved very popular with visitors. The garden illuminations at the end of October should not be missed.
Check the website for details about all the special events taking place during 2019.
Recent Winner of the HHA/Christie’s Garden of the Year Award.
Opening Times: Summer: 10am – 5pm last entry at 4pm.
Winter (November – February) – 10.00am – 4pm or dusk, last entry 1 hour before.
Admission Rates: Adults £12.50, Child £9.50. Book on line and save 20%
Groups Rates: Minimum group size 10 Adults £8.50, Child £6.00
Facilities: Colonial Restaurant, Gift Shop, Plant Centre.
Disabled Access: Yes. 50% of garden accessible. Toilet and parking for disabled on site. Wheelchairs F.O.C.
Tours Events: £2 per person (minimum charge £60) on top of the group rate (minimum 10 people). Special events see web site.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2-3 hours
Booking Contact: Jessica Lambert. Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden, Bullers Way, Abbotsbury, (Nr Weymouth), Dorset, DT3 4LA.
Telephone: 01305 871130 Fax: 01305 871092
Location: On the B3157 between Weymouth and Bridport in Dorset. come off the A35 near Dorchester at Winterborne Abbas.