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Place Category: Parks, Gardens, Farms, Green Spaces and Beaches, Historic House/Heritage Site/Stately Home/Castle, Private Gardens, Wedding Venues, Licensed for Ceremonies, and Wedding ReceptionsPlace Tags: Abbotsbury, Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens, Dorset, UK, and Weymouth

  • Profile

    Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens overlooks the World Heritage Jurassic coast, and is situated between Bridport and Weymouth in Dorset.

    The gardens have previously been winners of the HHA/ Christie’s Garden of the Year Award, and were described by Alan Titchmarsh as “One of the finest gardens I have ever visited “.

    Established in 1765 by the 1st Countess of Ilchester, it has evolved since then into a 30 acre plantsman’s garden. Some of the exotic plants on show were first introductions to this country.

    The garden is well known for its events including a food festival in March, and the very impressive “Enchanted Illuminations” in the Autumn half term each year .

    The new wedding pavilion overlooking west lawn is a superb setting for brides and their guests to celebrate.

    Catering is to a high standard, and a visit to the Colonial restaurant is highly recommended. The quality gift shop is next to the rather special plant centre which offers a wonderful selection of home grown plants unique to the gardens. The gardens are open every day except for a short period over Christmas and New Year.

  • More Info
    Capacity:

    150 in Weddings/Events Pavilion

    Suitable for::
    • Small Scale Performances and Concerts
    • Shows and Countryside Events
    • Markets and Outdoor Events
    • Christmas and Seasonal Events
    • Product Launches
    • Weddings and Banquets
    • Prestigious Location
    • Unusual Location
    • Filming
    Facilities Overview:
    • Bar
    • Kitchen
    • Restaurant
    • Premises Licence
    • Car Parking On Site
    • Disability Access
    Facilities Information for Hirers:

    Abbotsbury Subtroptical Gardens is available for wedding hire, events hire, corporate hire and filming. Weddings and corporate hire use the Pavilion, a new purpose-built event space which sits among the exotic planting. The area is located in an exclusive area which is accessed by a private gateway. The gardens provide a sensational backdrop for photographs and filming. Wedding vows can be taken in the charming gazebo which is licensed for civil ceremonies.

    The pavilion itself nestles amid the exotic planting. The space is light and airy with clear panelled walls which allow guests to truly immerse themselves within the beautiful surroundings of the famous gardens. The space seats up to 150 people and is suitable for small intimate ceremonies to larger events.

    All styles of food can be provided by award-winning caterer Nick Holt, ranging from drinks and canapes to a full sit-down banquet. Attentive staff are on hand to suit the needs of the occasion and meet your requirements.

    Disability Access:

    Access statement available
    Wheelchair ramps/routes
    Accessible parking
    Guide dogs welcome

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