Abbotsbury Swannery Advance Tickets (2021)
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 Swannery in hourly slots. Please stay alert as you walk around the Swannery 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 Swannery 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 Swannery are currently closed to the public, such as the willow maze and mass feeding. Please check the full list of what is and isn’t available before you book. The café is now open.
This ticket is for visit to Abbotsbury Swannery, 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.
The tickets below include our normal tickets at the top (adult, child (5-15) and children under 5), as well as free and discounted entry bookings below. Please note that you must book a ticket, even if you have a Season Ticket with us. This is to ensure that we don’t have too many people entering the Swannery at any one time. If you aren’t sure what ticket type you require, please contact us.
New dual ticket! Book your Swannery ticket here, then head to the Gardens ticket page and make a separate booking in the same transaction. Adding both to your basket will automatically apply a 25% discount.
Please note that although our last bookable slot is 3pm, the Swannery closes at 5pm, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy what we have to offer.
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.
Our shop is open, and entrance to and exit from the Swannery is via this gift shop. A suitable face covering must be worn in our gift shop. Please be aware of this rule. Children under the age of 11 are not required to wear a mask.
The café is now open, offering hot drinks, a selection of home made sandwiches, cakes and hot savouries. Toilet facilities are open and professionally cleaned throughout the day. Please click here to see a list of activities and areas which are available and not available at the Swannery.
Abbotsbury Swannery is the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans.
The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040′s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish Dorset banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicholas’ Church in the village. Since that time the Swannery has been under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates.
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.
Children visiting Abbotsbury attractions must be accompanied by a paying adult.
We accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers, but you must book a slot with us first. Please use the free ticket option above, and bring your vouchers with you when you visit.