Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
A lovely gardens begun by Elizabeth, 1st Countess of Ilchester, in 1765. The gardens cover 20 acres, and contain unusual and exotic plants from around the world.
In 1765, Elizabeth, Countess of Ilchester, built a fanciful summer home overlooking Chesil Bank. The house, in the shape of a mock castle, no longer exists. But the garden that Countess Elizabeth created still survives, and it is this 18th century paradise that forms the basis for the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens. The Gardens have been expanded several times since their inception, and today they cover 20 acres of meandering paths through peaceful glades and woodlands.
The garden site is protected from the cold sea breeze by the surrounding hills, and by belts of oak and tamarisk. The soil is remarkable for this area; its sandy soil providing unusual opportunities for horticultural experimentation. Examples rare to this country include Japanese camellias, a Caucasian Wing Nut tree, and an olive variant which is, at 60 feet high, the tallest in Britain.
Getting ThereAbbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens is located just off the B3157, on the western outskirt of Abbotsbury village, 9 miles west of Weymouth.
OpeningFor current opening times and ticket prices, see the official gardens website (below). Joint tickets are available, allowing access to the Gardens, Swannery, and Children's Farm.
Address: Buller's Way, Abbotsbury, Dorset, England, DT3 4LA
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: on the B3157, off the A35 near Dorchester
Phone: 01305 871 387
Historic Houses Association
OS: SY556 849
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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St Catherine's Chapel - 1 miles (Historic Building)
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Abbotsbury, St Nicholas Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Abbotsbury Abbey - 1.5 miles (Abbey)
Kingston Russell Stone Circle - 2.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Abbotsbury Swannery - 2.7 miles (Family Attraction)
Hardy Monument - 3.9 miles (Historic Building)
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