Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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Escape to an oasis of extraordinary beauty at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, showcasing nearly 6,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. 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 its Camellia Groves, Magnolias, Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections.

Since the restoration after the great storm of 1990 many new and exotic plants have been introduced. There is something to seen throughout the seasons and the garden is now a mixture of formal and informal, with a charming walled garden and spectacular woodland valley views. Now featuring the Wonderland Sculpture Trail created by Robert James Workshop. Enchanting sculptures of celebrated characters from classic literature, faithfully modelled from the original illustrations and cast in bronze.

Facilities include a Coffee Shop for lunches, snacks and drinks, a Plant Centre and quality Gift Shop. These facilities are accessible without entering the Gardens. The Gardens are open throughout the year only closing for the Christmas break. Check the website for details about all the special events taking place during 2024.

Fact File

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 £12.95, Child £6.95.
Passport Ticket: Gardens and the sister attraction Abbotsbury Swannery Adult £18.95 Child £9.95
Groups Rates: Minimum group size 10 Adults £8.95, Child £5.00
Facilities: Coffee Shop, Gift Shop, Plant Centre.
Disabled Access: Yes. 50% of garden accessible. Toilet and parking for disabled on site.
Tours Events: Tours not currently available, please check website
Special events: See website.
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
Location: On the B3157 between Weymouth

Updated: February 2024