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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Established in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle. Developed since then into a magnificent 20 acre garden filled with rare and exotic plants from all over the world.

Many of these plants were first introductions to this country, discovered by the plant hunting descendants of the Countess. Probably one of the best gardens of it’s type in the world and winner of a silver medal at Chelsea Flower Show and silver gilt at Hampton Court Flower Show. Magnificent Victorian walled garden set in 20 acres of woodland valley. The unique micro climate enables rare and exotic species from all over the world to thrive here.