The Sub-Tropical gardens date back to 1765 when they were designed as a kitchen garden by the Countess of Ilchester for her castle. Since then it has grown and developed into a 20 acre garden full of rare and exotic plants.
The gardens were damaged in the great storm of 1990 and since then extensive restoration work has been underway restoring the gardens to their former glory whilst introducing new and unusual species.
They are the perfect all year around gardens famous for its mixture of formal and informal flowers including camellias and magnolias. One thing not to be missed is the stunning 180 degree view of the Jurassic Coast from Portland to West Bay and beyond at the top of Magnolia Avenue.
Facilities include the Colonial Restaurant, gift shop and a plant centre where many of the flowers grown in the Garden can be purchased.
Regular events take place at the Garden including the floodlighting of the Garden in October. Halloween is a major feature during the floodlighting when thousands of visitors dress in Halloween costumes and the Restaurant becomes a centre for Halloween celebrations.
Save money and have a fantastic day out by buying a passport ticket to the Sub-Tropical Gardens, Swannery and Children’s Farm. Tickets available from Dorchester Tourist Information Centre (01305) 267992.
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ABBOTSBURY SUBTROPICAL GARDENS
Bullers Way, Abbotsbury,
Nr Weymouth, Dorset DT3 4LA
Tel Garden direct – 01305 871387