Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.
The Swannery was established by Benedictine monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. The monks farmed the swans to produce food for their lavish Dorset banquets. St Peter’s monastery was destroyed in 1539 during the dissolution. Some of the ruins are still visible around St Nicholas’ Church in the village. Since that time the Swannery has been under the stewardship of the Ilchester Estates.
Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset, near Weymouth, has become one of the most popular things to do for the family visiting Dorset. Located on the dramatic Dorset Coast, this unique natural wildlife habitat is also popular with film makers and has been used as a location for Harry Potter filming.
From mid May to late June hundreds of fluffy cygnets hatch from eggs in nests on or near the pathways.
Many lucky visitors will take pictures of cygnets cracking out of their eggs within feet of the action! Do not miss the spectacular mass feeding sessions of up to 600 swans at noon and 4pm every day.
So if your family is looking for unusual things to do on holiday in Dorset, come to the Swannery and help hand feed 600 swans at 12.00 noon and 4.00pm daily, or get lost in the giant maze (the largest willow maze in Dorset), swing on the swinging nests play area, at the Kennels café or browse our quality gift shop. Parking is free!
The swans at Abbotsbury are all free flying, this is a sanctuary, not a zoo. There are no cages. Dogs are not allowed into the swannery. The site is fully accessible to visitors with a disability.
New Barn Road
Abbotsbury Nr Weymouth
Dorset DT3 4JG
Telephone 01305 871 858
Group Info & Accommodation List – 01305 871 130
Book online and get a 20% discount
Child (5-15 years) £9.50
Disabled visitors pay full rate. However, one carer can accompany each FREE of charge.
Supersaver Family ticket £46.00 (entry for 2 adults and up to 3 children to Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Swannery and Children’s Farm)
Various discount deals and season passes are available. Click here for details.
Open 7 days a week 10am to 5pm until 28 October 2018. Last admissions one hour before closing.
Photo by Julien Lightfoot.
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