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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

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  • Located in Dorset near the Jurassic Coast
  • Acres of beautiful landscaped gardens
  • Licensed for civil ceremonies
  • Brand new, purpose-built wedding marquee
  • Can accommodate up to 150 guests
  • Catering provided by award-winning Dorset Fine Dining

Located near to Dorset's stunning coastline, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are the gorgeously landscaped home to thousands of species of flowers and plants from around the world, and are also host to a beautiful new wedding marquee, ideal for hosting your wedding celebrations amongst natural surroundings.

Boasting views of Dorset's Jurassic Coast and with various unique spaces in which to host various parts of your day, Abbotsbury is perfect for couples looking for a wedding venue that's far from a run-of-the-mill country house or hotel. Host your day in a memorable setting and allow Abbotsbury's wedding coordinators ensure everything is perfect for you.


Established over 250 years ago in 1765 by the first Countess of Ilchester as a kitchen garden for her nearby castle, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens expanded rapidly 50 years later when the third Earl of Ilchester began a major programme of woodland planting.

The gardens now cover 30 acres of land and host thousands of various types of plants from around the world. Following a destructive storm in 1990, the gardens have undergone extensive restoration and refurbishment, and are now fully licensed for weddings within their beautiful garden gazebo.

Ceremony and Reception Spaces

Ceremonies on the West Lawn
Host your ceremony amongst all of Abbotsbury's outstanding natural splendour on the West Lawn, where there is ample space for your

guests to be seated, and where you can tie the knot underneath their garden gazebo.

Ceremony capacity - 150 guests

Receptions Within the New Marquee

Abbotsbury's brand new, purpose-built marquee is now available as the perfect venue for your wedding reception. The structure is now a permanent fixture within the gardens and has a built-in wooden floor, perfect for dancing, as well as a kitchen annexe where your food can be prepared.

Reception capacity - 150 guests


Abbotsbury has teamed up with Nick Holt of the award-winning Dorset Fine Dining to provide catering for all weddings happening in the gardens. Couples can consult with Nick personally regarding their menu options.

Catering costs are not included in the total hire cost of the venue.


Located 2 miles up the road from Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Wears Farm comprises three luxury, 5-star rated self-catering cottages. These cottages can accommodate up to 20 guests, perfect for the bridal party and immediate family. For the rest of your guests, there are plenty of hotel and B&B options in the area.

Accommodation costs at Wears Farm are not included in the total hire cost of the venue.

For more information on booking your wedding at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, get in touch via the contact details above or below this listing.

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens
West Yard Barn
West Street


  • Lee & Sally

    Lovely day, really well organised! Staff were great. Best day ever.

  • Jackie & Mike

    A very big thank you for making our ceremony go so well we had such a lovely happy day, seems like a dream now though! Everyone loved the venue and were very complimentary about the food. Thank you for everything beforehand as well, you were an enormous help and without you I think we would have given up.

  • Mr & Mrs Walters

    Thank you for a fantastic day.

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