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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Advance Tickets (2020)

4.67 (3 reviews)

We have put in place measures to keep our visitors and staff safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. We can therefore safely allow a limited number of visitors into the garden in hourly slots. Please stay alert as you walk around the Garden so that you maintain a minimum social distance of 2m to other visitors. Please specify an estimated arrival hour below. This time slot does not mean that you have to leave the gardens at a certain time – you can take as long as you like. We just need to monitor the number of people entering the site at any given time.

This ticket is for visit to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, when booked in advance of a visit on a specific date. Please check opening times on the home page of this website before you book or visit. Opening times can vary owing to poor weather, private functions or unforeseen circumstances.

Children under 5 go free. Tickets for disabled visitors include a free ticket for one adult carer per paying disabled visitor.


After purchasing your tickets online, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you. This will contain your booking reference number which will be needed when collecting your tickets onsite. Usually you will receive your confirmation within ten minutes.

Please ensure you bring your tickets with you on the day. Either print them off, or ensure they are saved on your phone, as mobile phone signal in Abbotsbury is poor in places.

A full health and safety policy will be published here very shortly.

The gift shop is not currently open but we are hoping to be able to open on or soon after 15th June following the Government guidance.

The restaurant is currently closed, but we are working hard behind the scenes to open when it is safe to do so and when Government guidelines allow it.

Plant sales will be open at every day at 11am, to give the staff the opportunity to re-stock and water before trading.

Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world. Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess.

The Garden is a mixture of formal and informal flowers, world famous for it’s Camellia groves and magnolias. Noted in Dorset for its Rhododendron and Hydrangea collections and the charming Victorian Garden.

Children visiting Abbotsbury attractions must be accompanied by a paying adult.

We cannot accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers on this website. These have to be redeemed on the walk-up rate tickets purchased at the entrance.



3 reviews for Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Advance Tickets (2020)

  1. Sara White

    Lovely gardens – so pleased they are open again

  2. N Millard

    Incredible area of rare and beautiful plants – pure escapism from current life. So relieved you are open again –

  3. Gerry Naylor

    Beautiful place to visit, we can’t wait to see the newly added features

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