Abbotsbury Swannery Advance Tickets (2020)
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.
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.
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 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.
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 cannot accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers on this website. These have to be redeemed on the walk-up rate tickets purchased at the entrance.