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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens overlooks the World Heritage Jurassic coast, and is situated between Bridport and Weymouth in Dorset.

The gardens have previously been winners of the HHA/ Christie's Garden of the Year Award, and were described by Alan Titchmarsh as "One of the finest gardens I have ever visited ".

Established in 1765 by the 1st Countess of Ilchester, it has evolved since then into a 30 acre plantsman's garden. Some of the exotic plants on show were first introductions to this country.

The garden is well known for its events including a food festival in March, and the very impressive "Enchanted Illuminations" in the Autumn half term each year .

The new wedding pavilion overlooking west lawn is a superb setting for brides and their guests to celebrate.

Catering is to a high standard, and a visit to the Colonial restaurant is highly recommended. The quality gift shop is next to the rather special plant centre which offers a wonderful selection of home grown plants unique to the gardens. The gardens are open every day except for a short period over Christmas and New Year.

Today’s opening hours

Every day except Christmas and New Year period, 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm).


March to October: every day, 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).

November to February: every day except Christmas and New Year period, 10am to 4pm (last admission 3pm).


Find Us
Find us

Between Weymouth and Bridport on the B3157 coast road in Dorset.

It is possible to take the train to Weymouth Station and travel from there by taxi.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free.
Adults: £12.50 
Child: £9.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children to Gardens, Swannery and Children’s Farm): £45


  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome and group rates are available for 10 or more people. 

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We had the best day, set in the most beautiful surroundings and it will be remembered for a long time by ourselves and our guests.

Amy & Mark

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Abbotsbury Subtroptical Gardens is available for corporate hire. Corporate guests may use the Pavillion, a new purpose-built event space which sits among the exotic planting.

The space is light and airy with clear panelled walls which allow guests to truely immerse themselves within the beautiful surroundings. 

The space seats up to 150 people.


  • Wifi
  • Lunch
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Breakfast
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking

School Visits

School visits are offered to primary and secondary schools for a reduced rate with a guided tour.