The history of these gardens goes back centuries to when the land belonged to a monastery. Back in the early 19th century the landowner the 4th Earl of Ilchester was an expert botanist and he introduced species from a wide range of countries. This was the basis of the gardens that visitors can see today. Now there is a mixture of formal and informal spaces in this unique 30-acre micro climate. Abbotsbury is the winner of the silver medal at Chelsea and other national awards.
The bronze sculpture trail has a collection of charming characters from childrens’ stories such as: Alice in Wonderland, Jemima Puddleduck & Fox, the Cheshire Cat, White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Owl and the Pussycat (in their beautiful pea-gren boat) and many more.
We took the Magnolia Walk to the top to view the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. We were also quite intrepid crossing the rope bridge before settling down for a well-earned cuppa and cakes in the coffee shop.
I recommend visiting this place for a great day out.