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We highly recommend a day trip to Abbotsbury during a stay at Newlands Holiday Park in Charmouth. This delightful coastal village is simply picture perfect with it's traditional thatch cottages and pretty streets to explore. Below we have listed just some of the attractions, we think you should check out. Abbotsbury is well suited to couples or families with young children.

Things to Do in Abbotsbury

Jurassic Coast Road

Whilst the Coast Road is not an attraction in the traditional sense, it's certainly well worth a mention. The drive from Charmouth to Abbotsbury follows the highly acclaimed Jurassic Coast Road and offers stunning views out to sea and across the surrounding countryside. On a clear day you can see the length of Chesil Beach stretching out in front of you as well as the Isle of Portland in the distance. St Catherines Chapel is perched high on the hilltop and the Fleet Lagoon Nature Reserve streteches out below.

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is a fantastic attraction which offers visitors a truly unique experience. This six-hundred-year-old site was built to house a monastery; however, it is now home to rare mute swans. These swans are fed twice dailyand you can help give them their breakfast and dinner!

If you feel a little peckish whilst visiting Abbotsbury Swannery, there is an excellent café onsite, where you will find a wide selection of light bites to eat, including homemade cakes, soups, sandwiches, cream teas as well as drinks such as coffee, tea, beer, cider, and refreshing glasses of wine.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are well known for their exotic and vast collection of rare plants from across the globe. This impressive collection includes plants originating from various regions of every continent, from South America to East Asia and even New Zealand.

We recommend dedicating a day to wander around the network of routes which lead you through the various woodlands, lakes and formal gardens including the Camellia Walk, Magnolia Avenue, and the Subtropical Plant Nursery. The Subtropical Gardens plays host to an exciting events programme throughout the year. This inlcudes live theatre performances, outdoor cinema and lighting displays.

Abbotsbury Abbey Ruins

The Abbotsbury Abbey Ruins are all that is left of a Benedictine monastery, which offers visitors insight into what life was like for those living in Dorset during the 11th century.  Although the once-great monastery is now in ruins, guests are welcome to freely explore the atmospheric remains and imagine what life was once like here all those years ago. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the weathered stone arches whilst taking in the beautiful countryside surroundings. A visit to these ruins provides plenty of amazing photo opportunities, so remember to bring your camera!

Abbey Farm Flowers

Pop into Abbey Farm Flowers if you're visiting Abbotsbury over a weekend and take part in the Pick Your Own Bouquet experience. Spend a couple of hours exploring the stunning gardens whilst you select your favourite flowers to bring home. The offering changes throughout the spring and summer, but's there's always a colourful blooms to choose from. Simply snip your favourite stems and the friendly team will wrap them for you to take home. 

The garden is set within the grounds of a Medieval abbey. There's a little gift shop, where you can buy dried flowers, soaps and crafts from local artisans. There's also a small selection of ice cream to enjoy on hot days! 

Cafes and Restaurants in Abbotsbury

With such a wide selection of restaurants and cafes to choose from whilst visiting Abbotsbury, there is truly something to satisfy everyone’s tastes! Below we have listed a few of our favourite places to eat in Abbotsbury.

Cherries Abbey Farm

 Cherries Abbey Farm is a charming café and restaurant which has recently been opened in a modern barn conversion. Cherries offers freshly prepared food made with the best produce from local farmers and suppliers. With such friendly hosts, quirky décor and in incredible food – Cherries Abbey Farm is a must-visit café when visiting Abbotsbury.

The Abbey House

If you’d like a delicious bite to eat and fantastic views, we highly recommend visiting The Abbey House. This café and restaurant offer outdoor dining beneath gazebos, which offer gorgeous views over the surrounding rolling hills of the Dorset countryside. Here you will be able to sample a selection of bites including teas, coffees, scones, soups, fresh fish dishes, sandwiches as well as freshly baked cakes. The Abbey House are owned by the welcoming husband and wife team, Sandra and Steve, who enjoy hosting and providing their guests with the best experience possible.

Getting to Abbotsbury

The journey to Abbotsbury by car takes roughly twenty minutes via Nottington Lane and the B3157 from Newlands Holiday Park.

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