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Abbotsbury Swannery

New Barn Road

For over 600 years this colony of friendly mute swans has made its home at the Abbotsbury Sanctuary. Sheltered by the famous Chesil Beach, this ancient and special site provides protection for hundreds of nesting swans and their broods.

Occasionally a visitor is allowed to hold a cygnet under the swanherd's strict supervision. Don't miss the spectacular mass feeding sessions at 12 noon and 4.00pm daily. Incredibly, from the end of May, you can wander safely around the nests, observing at close quarters the antics of the fluffy cygnets. An audio visual show about the Swannery runs hourly during the day.

The Season at Abbotsbury Swannery

Late March - end of April: Nesting
Mid May - end of June: Baby swans hatching
July - October: The Ugly Ducklings
September - October: Learning to fly
October (Season end): many swans move off site , influx of other wildfowl.

General Information:

  • Kennels Cafe
  • Gift Shop
  • Ample free parking
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Toilets, baby changing facilities and disabled toilets available at main entrance and coffee shop. None inside the Swannery itself.
  • Site fully accessible to disabled visitors

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  • Directions

    On the B3157 9 miles northwest of Weymouth.
    During the summer season a regular bus service runs daily from Weymouth.

    Abbotsbury Swannery Postcode for SatNav: DT3 4JG


    +44 (0)1305 871 858
    +44 (0)1305 871 130 (Group bookings)
    +44 (0)1305 871 092

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