Holidays in Abbotsbury Swannery

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Admire the stunning countryside and the lake in this unique swannery initially set up by Benedictine Monks in the 11th century.

The Abbotsbury Swannery is an exceptional site laying claim to the world’s only controlled colony of nesting mute swans. It is spread across a picturesque area of 25 acres (10 hectares) that includes a lake and the rolling green hills of Dorset. Stroll through the core of the swannery for a closer look at these majestic creatures.

Take photos of your favorites from the countless swans in the lake and the main bay. Think about the history of this intriguing and extraordinary swannery, which was set up alongside a monastery in the 1040s by Benedictine monks. The swans were raised to produce food for the monks’ extravagant banquets.

Arrive with the whole family for this relaxing and informative outing. Try to recognize the parts of this place that appeared in one of the Harry Potter movies. You can also help to feed the swans at noon and again in the late afternoon. Let the children play on the Swinging Nests play area and find their way through the largest willow maze in Dorset.

Enjoy a meal at the charming Swannery Café, which has a serene garden full of tables and trees. Bring your little ones to the ice cream parlor for a treat on a hot summer afternoon. The site also contains a gift shop with souvenirs and swan-related items.

The site opens daily from morning until late afternoon. Pay a fee to enter the swannery and get discounts for children. Consider getting a passport ticket, which includes entry to the nearby Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and the Children’s Farm.

The Abbotsbury Swannery is in the heart of its namesake town on the West Dorset Heritage Coast. Drive northwest from the town of Weymouth for 10 miles (16 kilometers) to get here in about 20 minutes. See nearby sights, such as the Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, St. Catherine’s Chapel and Abbotsbury Abbey.

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The Ilchester Arms Hotel
The Ilchester Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
Market Street, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, England
The price is AU$102 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Situated in Weymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm and Chesil Beach. St. Catherine's Chapel and South West Coast Path Section ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (193 reviews)
"The Ilchester arms far exceeded my expectations. Room was huge, comfy and with great lighting. Bed was comfy. Every where very clean, lots of towels and toiletries. Will be back again and go for the same room. Nothing not to like."

Reviewed on 31 Aug. 2021

The Ilchester Arms Hotel
East Farm House B&B
East Farm House B&B
3 out of 5
The price is AU$178 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
Situated in Weymouth, this spa bed & breakfast is within 1 mile (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm and Chesil Beach. South West Coast Path Section 48 Trailhead ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (16 reviews)
"Very charming property. We had a good stay. One thing we hadn't realised was that breakfast is between 8.30 and 9.00 - something to be aware of if your plans need you to be away before then."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

East Farm House B&B
Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
3.5 out of 5
Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Abbotsbury Children's Farm, Abbotsbury Swannery and Chesil Beach. Abbotsbury ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
"My wife and I looked forward to staying at this B$B but when we arrived there was a closed sign on the facility and despite numerous attempts to contact the facility we got no response. We even asked a local coffee shop owner what was happening, he said they will be there at some point in time. Not ..."

Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019

Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
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The Ilchester Arms Hotel
The Ilchester Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
Market Street, Abbotsbury, Weymouth, England
The price is AU$102 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
The Ilchester Arms Hotel
East Farm House B&B
East Farm House B&B
3 out of 5
The price is AU$178 per night from 4 Dec. to 4 Dec.
East Farm House B&B
Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
Abbotsbury Tea Rooms
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Market House
Market House
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Market House
The Kings Arms
The Kings Arms
3 out of 5
The price is AU$204 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
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Chesil Watch,, The Old Coastguards, Weymouth, ENG
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Skylark
3.5 out of 5
Skylark
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