Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens



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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens was established in the mid-1700s by the 1st Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her castle. Developed over the years, it has become a 30-acre garden, home to rare and exotic plants from all over the world – many introduced by the countess’s descendants. Due to the damage caused by the hurricane in January 1990, major restoration was necessary and many new plants were acquired. It is now a mix of the formal and informal and is famous for camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons and hydrangeas. There is also a Victorian Garden, a restaurant, gift shop and plant centre. In October the gardens are floodlit and Hallowe’en proves a major attraction.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Buller's Way, ABBOTSBURY, DT3 4LA


Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 10am-5pm (4pm in winter). Closed 19 Dec-1 Jan

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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