Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset

Abbotsbury Swannery

New Barn Rd, Abbotsbury DT3 4JG

01305 871858

Abbotsbury Swannery is a unique sanctuary which allows you to interact and learn about these magnificent birds

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12.1 miles from Highlands End
14.2 miles from Golden Cap
8.9 miles from Graston Copse
15.7 miles from Sandyholme

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  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
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  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset
  • Abbotsbury Swannery - Things to do in Dorset

Located in the quaint village of Abbotsbury, next to The Fleet lagoon lies Abbotsbury Swannery. Here you can walk through the largest nesting colony of mute swans in the world. The swans are free flying could choose to nest anywhere but are attracted this place. As such there are no cages and so this is a very different experience to say visiting a zoo. There are over 600 swans, which have been here for over 600 years.

Written records of the swannery’s existence go back to 1393 however it is thought that the swannery was created by Benedictine Monks who farmed the birds back in 1040s. Today the protected birds are able to live peacefully in this unique natural wildlife habitat. The Fleet, with Chesil Beach on its seaward side provides a natural barrier for the swans against the sometimes rough seas.

Visitors can wander through along the paths which weave through the nesting sites. In late spring you can get very close to the nesting pairs and may catch a glimpse of the new born cygnets. The swannery is open to the public between March and the end of October. A great time to visit is between the middle of May and the end of June when young cygnets are present. There is the opportunity to help with feeding the swans. Twice a day at noon and 4pm a mass feeding takes place.

For feeding yourselves there is a great little cafe which serves delicious homemade food. It is fully licensed and located at the entrance before you pay to go in; so passing walkers are welcome. Nearby are other great attractions including Abbotsbury Children’s Farm and Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens.

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    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

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    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

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    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

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    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

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    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

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    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

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    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

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