Abbotsbury Swannery & Sub Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Swannery & Sub Tropical Gardens

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans

Abbotsbury Swannery, Near Dorchester, Dorset

 

Abbotsbury Swannery is unique. This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a 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 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.

Swan feathers played an incalculable role in England's cultural development. It was from them hardened in hot sand, that quill pens were cut.

 

 

Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, Near Dorchester

A walled garden surrounded by a woodland garden. It is close to Chesil beach and separate from the site of the now-demolished house in which its maker, Lord Ilchester, lived. The old kitchen garden is given a sub-tropical air by the palm trees but the real attraction is the lush planting in the valley garden. It has some of the most extensive gunnera plantings in England. Abbotsbury has been described as 'Probably one of the best gardens of its type in the world.'

 

 

Entry included.

 

Depart for Home Approx. 17.30

 

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Bridgwater Bridgwater Mount Street Bus Stop
Rear of Angel Place Shopping centre
Bristol Anchor Road West Anchor Road, Outside @ Bristol-We The Curious
Westbound Bus Stop
Bristol Tesco Tesco's Eastville Bus stop - Jct 2 of M32
(Tesco's Car park only has a 2 Hr. parking limit)
Burnham on Sea Burnham on Sea, Pier Street
Bus Stop The Old Pier Tavern
Clevedon Clevedon
Tui Travel Agency
Gordano Gordano M5 Services CAR PARK
Highbridge Highbridge, Church Street Bus Stop
Near to Church
Weston Borough Arms Sth Outside the Borough Arms Bus Shelter
Locking Road
Weston-super-Mare Weston-super-Mare
Locking Road Car Park
Worle - Homebase South Worle - Bridge Farm Opposite Argos Homebase Bus St
New Bristol Road
Worle - P/Green South Worle - Preanes Green, New Bristol Rd.
Opposite side of Road to Summer Lane Bus Shelter
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23 Feb
2019
£31.00
03 Apr
2019
£31.00

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