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Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens

Bullers Way

The gardens were 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 introductions to this country, found by the plant hunting descendents of the Countess.

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 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.

General Information:
  • Specialist Plant Nursery
  • Colonial Restaurant
  • Gift Shop
  • Dogs welcome on lead
  • Free parking for cars and coaches
  • Toilets, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities available at the Colonial Teahouse
  • Approx. 50% of gardens accessible to disabled visitors, some gravel paths are difficult to negotiate.

  • Directions

    9 miles northwest of Weymouth on the B3157 coastal road to Bridport.
    During the summer season a regular bus service runs daily from Weymouth.

    Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens Postcode for SatNav: DT3 4LA


    +44 (0)1305 871 387
    +44 (0)1305 871 153
    +44 (0)1305 871 092

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