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Abbotsbury, Weymouth,
Dorset, DT3 4LA

01305 871387


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

Open every day - except 21st Dec - 3rd Jan inclusive - 10am - 5pm or 6pm.
Last admission 1 hour before closing.
Autumn/Winter; daily; 10am - 4pm or dusk if earlier.

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

March to November

To see:

Camellia, magnolia, rhododendrons, Hydrangea, varied exotic

Admission Prices

Adult £11.00; Child £8.00; Over 60s £10.50; Family (2A + 3C) £37.00
Swannery: Adult £11.00; Child £8.00; Over 60s £10.50; Family (2A + 3C) £37.00
Children's Farm: Adult £9.50; Child £8.00; Over 60s £9.00; Family (2A + 3C) £37.00
3 sites Rates: Adult £15.00; Child £10.00; Over 60s £14.00; Family (2A + 3C) £37.00
Group rates, School Group rates and Season tickets available.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Many exciting events including Giant Easter Egg Hunt, Summer Family Concert 6th July, The Enchanted Floodlit Gardens 17th Oct - 3rd Nov, Dusk - 8.30pm

Garden Features & Events

Wooded valley with tallest English oak in the British Isles (40m.) Five other record trees. Colonial Tea House. New oak pavilion in rose garden. Jurassic Coast viewing platform. Magnolia avenue leading to it to be planted in 2007. Unique Swannery attraction nearby, well worth a separate visit.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:


Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Manor Hotel, West Bexington


Manor Hotel, West Bexington

Inns & Pubs:

Elm Tree, Langton Herring

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Since the restoration after the great storm of 1990, many new exotic and unusual plants have been introduced. The garden is now a mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views. World famous for its Camellia groves and magnolias, noted for its Rhododendrons and Hydrangea collections. In summer it is awash with sub-tropical colour.

History Of Garden

Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden to her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these were new introductions to this country, found by the plant hunting decendants of the countess.

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