The B3157 road between Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock is notable for its fine coastal views.[6]

West Bexington Beach is a shingle beach that shelves steeply.

Abbotsbury Abbey existed for 500 years, but was destroyed in the dissolution, although the abbey barn survived. Stone from the abbey was used in the construction of many buildings in the village,[2] including the house of Abbotsbury's new owner, Sir Giles Strangways.[6]

Dogs are welcome in all areas.

Tesco ClubCard vouchers can be used to pay to enter the Gardens. They can be used against our adult, child, family tickets and passport tickets.

A shelving beach made up of pebbles and shingle, popular with both local anglers and families for...

Luxury Dorset Cottages have five beautiful 5-star cottages, four within a stone’s throw of all three Abbotsbury attractions. Visit their website for more information:

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The finest and largest Iron Age hill fort in Britain, with enormous earthworks and complicated...

In the late 17th and early 18th centuries Abbotsbury experienced several fires, resulting in the destruction of virtually all its medieval buildings. Most of the historic secular buildings in the village today were built from stone in the 17th and 18th centuries.[15]

* Pre Schools – Children under 5 years may enter the attractions free of charge. All accompanying adults must pay the normal admission rate. The group rate will apply when there are 10 or more paying adults.

The new £8 million centre provides the local community with a first-class swimming and fitness...

One and a half miles (2.4 km) northwest of the village, at the top of Wears Hill, are the earthworks of Abbotsbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort.[7] The earthworks cover a roughly triangular area of about 10 acres (4.0 ha), of which about 4.5 acres (1.8 ha) are inside the ramparts.[8]

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens were founded in 1765 by the Countess of Ilchester, as a kitchen garden for the nearby castle.[40] Since then, the gardens have developed into a 20-acre (81,000 m²) site filled with exotic plants, many of which were newly discovered species when they were first introduced. There are formal and informal gardens, with woodland walks and walled gardens. In 1990 violent storms damaged many of the rare specimens, which have since been replaced by younger plants.[41]

Abbotsbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It is in the West Dorset district and is situated about 1 mile (1.6 km) inland from the English Channel coast. In the 2011 census the civil parish had a population of 481.

Current serving members of the armed forces, and their immediate family, get in to all Abbotsbury attractions, free of charge. Please note you will need to show a valid warrant card.

Benedictine Monks established St Peter’s Monastery at Abbotsbury in the 1040s. They built the Tithe Barn at the centre of the farm in the 1390′s. The monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins can be seen around St. Nicholas’ Church in the village.

Probably one of the best gardens of its type in the world. Winner of silver medal at Chelsea and...

In the early 19th century Abbotsbury's population grew steadily, from about 800 in 1801 to nearly 1,100 sixty years later.[15]

The Children's Farm is home to a large variety of animals. Children can bottle feed baby goats...

Nearly a hundred structures within the parish are listed by English Heritage for their historic or architectural interest. These include six structures listed as Grade I and six listed as Grade II*.[32]

Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the civil parish population is 480.[31]

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Group rate (for ten persons or more)

Walking is popular around this area...

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Situated on the Jurassic Coast, on the edge of Chickerell Village, is Bennetts Water Gardens. This...

The coastline within Abbotsbury parish includes a section of Chesil Beach, an 18 mile (29 km) barrier beach which is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.


Children can cuddle the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area, jump around on our new bouncy castle (don’t forget your socks!) and bottle feed the lambs. The lambs also have a midday race around a track, after the race the children are invited to take a lamb for a warm down walk on a lead.

The population of the civil parish in the censuses between 1921 and 2001 is shown in the table below:

 Disabled visitors pay full rate. However, one carer can accompany each FREE of charge. Find out more about disabled access.

A monument erected in c1844, in memory of Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, flag captain of...

The family cafe offers local Dorset produce cooked on site and the gift shop has a charming range of quality gifts.

In the 10th century a charter of King Edmund records a granting of land at Abbedesburi,[9] a name which indicates the land may have once belonged to an abbot.[9] In the 11th century King Cnut granted land at nearby Portesham to the Scandinavian thegn Orc (also Urki, Urk), who took up residence in the area with his wife Tola.[10] The couple founded Abbotsbury Abbey and enriched it with a substantial amount of land.[10]

Radipole Lake is a quiet ‘wildlife oasis in the heart of Weymouth and a great place to get close up...


Abbotsbury Abbey tithe barn was built around 1400. It measures 83 metres (272 ft) by 9.5 metres (31 ft) and is the world's largest thatched tithe barn.[8][38] It has 23 bays, 11 of which have been unroofed since the 17th century. The 12 roofed bays are covered with thatch, though previously stone slabs were used. Part of the north wall has been destroyed. The barn is listed as Grade I.[39]

The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. Home to the only managed colony of...

More information on group bookings on the Abbotsbury Tourism website.

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