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COVID-19 UPDATE: Abbotsbury Tourism is pleased to confirm that Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will remain open for visitors to enjoy fresh air and exercise during the new month-long lockdown across England.
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Updated 4th November 2020

Abbotsbury Tourism is pleased to confirm that Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will remain open for visitors to enjoy fresh air and exercise during the new month-long lockdown across England.

The Gardens can be enjoyed safely by visitors with the safety measures that have been in place since reopening in June, including social distancing, enhanced cleaning and limits on visitor numbers. Mandatory pre-booking remains in place, and those wishing to visit the gardens must book a time slot on this website.

Currently available at the Swannery and Subtropical Gardens (weather dependent)

Available at the Subtropical Gardens

Open daily

10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm). Online booking essential for all ticket types (including Passport & Season Tickets, military ID, Historic Houses membership, etc.).

NEW! The Wonderland Sculpture Trail

Let your imagination run wild and discover characters from your favourite childhood fairytales. We have put together a short video tour to give you a flavour of what to expect, and you can watch this here.

Toilets open

Toilet facilities open and professionally cleaned regularly throughout the day.

Coffee Shop open

We are now operating a simple coffee shop, serving hot and cold drinks as a takeaway service.

Plant centre

High quality plant centre, with fantastic variety, many plants of which are grown on site in the Abbotsbury nurseries.

West Lawn

The West Lawn is now open again for our visitors.

30-acre garden

Explore 30 acres of rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

Available at the Swannery

Closed for winter

Abbotsbury Swannery is now closed until March 2021. Thank you to everyone who has visited in 2020.

Updated 16th July 2020

Currently not available at the Swannery and Subtropical Gardens

Not available at the Subtropical Gardens

Jurassic Coast View Point

The Jurassic Coast View Point is closed for the winter period. However other restrictions within the Gardens have been relaxed making more of the Gardens accessible to visitors.

Gift shop

Burma Rope Bridge

Children's Play Area

Not available at the Swannery

Willow Maze

Pedal Go Karts

Bale mountain

Mass feeding

Audio visual show

Children's play area

Summer events (archery / owl displays)

Previous updates

Great Dorset Plant Fair on Sunday 21st June Cancelled

We are so sorry to inform everyone that the decision has been made to cancel the Great Dorset Plant Fair. Although Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is now open again, we have to strictly limit the number of people entering the Gardens at any one time. Given the interest in the event, particularly with other similar events being cancelled, we could not guarantee social distancing or the safety of visitors and stallholders if we were to proceed. The event would have been popular and it would have been impossible to safely control the number of visitors.

Our Plant Centre at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is open every day from 11-4, and we have lots of plants in stock from the nurseries here at Abbotsbury. We hope you are all staying safe and well during this pandemic and we hope to be able to see you all again soon.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery to re-open

We are happy to announce that following recent changes to the Government’s guidance, and following a comprehensive health and safety policy review, we can open Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery to limited numbers of visitors

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will re-open on Thursday 4th June 2020 and Abbotsbury Swannery will re-open on Saturday 6th June 2020. We are asking everyone who wishes to visit to book online, indicating their date and time of arrival. We are restricting the number of hourly arrivals to 60 people so that we can monitor the number of people onsite at any one time, and ensure that we can maintain appropriate social distancing.

There are a number of specific measures put in place at both sites, and we have listed these on the individual online ticket descriptions. Please ensure that you read and fully understand these before booking your ticket, and that all members of the visiting party are aware of these rules and guidance. This includes measures such as not conducting the mass feeding at the Swannery, the removal of certain benches around both sites and the prevention of access to pinch points such as the West Lawn at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

The Plant Centre at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens will now open every day. Our staff will use the first hour of site opening to ensure that the area is re-stocked and watered.

We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience during this difficult time. We hope that reopening these two relatively large open sites will provide a much-needed respite and a place for relaxation during these difficult times.

18th May: Plant Sales Area open every day.

All transaction will be card payment as we cannot take cash.

Here is an update from the Plant Centre, from 18th May:

Now our Plant Centre is open again, we’ve got an excellent stock of some of the rarer plants everyone associates with Abbotsbury Gardens. We’ve been busy looking after our plants during the lockdown and have masses of even bigger and better plants ready to go. If you’ve looked at our images posted from the Gardens then we have most of these for sale plus many more unusual species all grown on site.

We’re now open every day, but if you want to check if we have something available, you can email the nursery direct on

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