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“Food fair in the mud”

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Abbotsbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Voted the Historic Houses Association /Christie's Garden of the Year 2012. Acclaimed by Alan Titchmarsh as "one of the finest Gardens I have ever visited." Regularly featured on TV, most recently for a BBC Gardeners' World feature on camellias, with the excellent Carol Klein and expert Jennifer Trehane, and in James Wong's outstanding episode of the BBC's Great British Garden Revival series, on tropical gardens. Established in 1765.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Very popular event, with most stalls having sold most of their wares by 12.00. Parked in overflow car park at the beach. Walked uphill to the fair. All stalls were crowded and hard to see everything with all the people in such a confined space. Ground slippery underfoot after all the rain. Bought delicious preserves, some cheese and sun dried tomatoes and artisan produced ground coffee. Tasted an explosive ginger beverage. Special mention for the mandarin preserve.

Thank carolynwG45VX
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

At this stage, let's assume the sun will come out again and it'll be warm again.. This place is a great place to stroll around on a nice day. You could spend anything from an hour to all day. Good cafe, plenty of shade if it's hot, if you're feeling energetic walk up to the beautiful viewpoint.

All in all a great visit, well worth it.

Oh and you can bring the dog - or borrow one and bring that if you have an obliging friend!

Thank Lukeysarbear
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Unless you are really, really into subtropical plants, don't waste your money visiting here. It is very expensive (£12.50 pp), parts of the garden were closed, and the peace and quiet of those which weren't totally ruined by the continuous noise of two chainsaws. No information leaflets (hadn't arrived from the printers, which is pretty lame planning for a busy Easter week). The crowning dis-glory was the restaurant, where we had to queue for over ten minutes to pay for very overpriced prepacked sandwiches and bottled drinks (I.e. Absolutely no service needed at all other than to take our money). The only redeeming feature is the plant shop, where there is an interesting and well kept range of shrubs and perennials for sale.

Thank Murgatroyd56
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We visited the Swannery up the road and purchased a passport ticket which allowed discounted entry to this place.
I have to admit it's a lovely garden but I would have been bitterly disappointed had we paid full price. It was a nice peaceful walk though and the paths are fairly even and the route is clearly marked. There is a signed route for those with mobility problems that takes in a large portion of the garden nut not all. The rope bridge was quite fun and a nice touch but the ponds could have been cleaner and some nice fish wouldn't hurt.
The restaurant is way overpriced at about £9.00 for a cheese sandwich accompanied by a bit of salad and some vegetable crisps. The food was good but still not worth the money.
That said, this place is worth a visit but please don't pay full price.

Thank roycooper1
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

Beautiful garden. We happened to visit on a lovely sunny day, so despite everything still recovering from the harsh winter, the place was fab. I can only imagine how wonderful it will look at the height of the season. Worth a visit and not silly prices to get in either. Go on line to book to get discount..

Thank Isy G
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