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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.
Gardens open. £5 winter special offer includes entry to the Gardens and a free hot drink.
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ILLUMINATE at Abbotsbury Gardens


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Please read the following information before booking:

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 Gardens in 15 minute slots. Please stay alert as you walk around the Gardens so that you maintain a minimum social distance of 2m to other visitors. Please specify an estimated arrival slot 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.

Certain areas and activities at the Gardens are currently closed to the public, such as the Burma Rope Bridge and children’s play area. Please check the full list of what is and isn’t available before you book, and note that some areas may not be accessible depending on the weather.

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. Please note that Season Ticket holders will have to pay for this event, but the usual discounts in the shop and café will still apply.

Please note that although our last bookable slot is 6:45-7:00pm, the Gardens close at 8pm, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy what we have to offer.


We are excited to announce that ‘OT Event Technicians’ will be taking over the Gardens to illuminate the Wonderland Sculpture Trail in the lead up to Christmas this year. The event will run daily 4.30pm to 8.00pm from the 5th to the 20th December with last entries between 6.45 and 7.00pm. The event starts at 5pm on 11th & 12th December.

The café will be open every evening offering a range of daily specials and delicious homemade cake. The shop will also be fully stocked with many quality Christmas gifts.

Members from Dorset Food and Drink have been invited to attend the event. It is hoped we will have a range of pop up stalls inside our wedding marquee on West Lawn. Please see website for further details coming soon.

Tickets only £7.50 per person (children under 5 years go free). Online booking essential.

Please note that we are unable to offer Season Ticket / Historic Houses / RHS holders free entry this year.


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