Abbotsbury Swannery , Abbotsbury
About Abbotsbury Swannery , Abbotsbury
Abbotsbury Swannery , Abbotsbury - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: New Barn Road, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4JG, England
Ticket Price: 12 EUR
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
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The Swannery was founded by Benedictine Monks during 1040s. Abbotsbury Swannery has become a popular spot for tourists in Dorset. It’s located on Dorset coast. The Swannery has no cages for swans; they are set free for flying. Abbotsbury Swannery is popular with filmmakers and the location has been used for filming of Harry Potter movie. It’s not a zoo; it’s a sanctuary for swans.
Abbotsbury Swannery Information
- Dogs are not allowed.
- Free parking is available.
Abbotsbury Swannery Ticket Prices
- Children: 8.50 Euros
- Super saver family tickets: 39 Euros
- Annual season tickets: Adult: 37 Euros, Children: 35 Euros, Super saver: 75 Euros
- Disabled person: Need to pay full rate for tickets.
- Group tickets: Adult: 8 Euros, Children: 5.50 Euros
- Group passport tickets: Adult: 13 Euros, Children: 10 Euros
- School groups tickets: Teacher: 8 Euros, Children: 5.50 Euros
How To reach Abbotsbury Swannery by Public Transport
- By car
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If you like swans and have always wanted to see a large number of them up close, then boy, is this the place for you! Also featuring geese and other water birds. It's an interesting little place with a long history. I wouldn't say there's a LOT to do, but what it does it does well. Feeding times were 12pm and 4pm - swans en masse. There's an information area where you can learn about the history as well as information signs dotted around. The swans are basically human friendly, though it was not nesting season at the time of my visit. Your experience may vary.
Some of the best fish and chips I have ever had. Light crispy batter, perfect chips. Peanut allergies beware though, everything is fried in groundnut oil.
At £12.50 a head for admission we didn't get to see the swans, but the real letdown for us was the café. We spent just under £20 on 2 lunches (a Welsh rarebit and a hot beef baguette with 2 cups of tea). The rarebit comprised 2 pieces of soggy sliced bread with barely browned bland-tasting cheese mixture, a few pieces of lettuce and one slice of tomato. The beef baguette was also very poor: barely-warm 'pulled beef' in tasteless gravy inside a cold and very pale catering quality baguette, with the same poor attempt at a salad. I asked if I could have it without the advertised chips and was a bit surprised to be told brusquely that I could but it would be the same price! The teapot and hot water jug were both almost white with scale and could have benefitted from a proper clean, and neither would pour properly so most of the tea ended up in the saucers and on the table. In short we'll definitely not be going back.
Really nice place to spend 4 to 5 hours (probably a few hours more if you don't have small kids like me). Feeding the 600+ swans was good fun. Very friendly staff. The restaurant is expensive, but the quality was good and the portions a decent size. If you have small kids, note that the only set of toilets is by the main entrance, which is 5-10 minutes from the part where the swans are. You can use the Tesco clubcard days out vouchers here, which makes it good value.
Worth a visit to see and feed some of the hundreds of swans. The guide was interesting to listen to after the feeding, explaining about the tagging of the swans and the history of the swannery. The go carts were a big hit with our family. Worth booking online to save some money.