Abbotsbury Swannery & Sub Tropical Gardens
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.'
Depart for Home Approx. 17.30
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.