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Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Abbotsbury was once home to a richly endowed abbey and the vast tithe barn still stands, whilst some C13th and C14th remains are still visible in the churchyard. High on its own hill top sits St. Catherine’s Chapel, built in the C14th by the monks as a place of pilgrimage and retreat. The ancient Swannery is a unique natural wildlife habitat and is home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world and the sub-tropical gardens, set in a sheltered wooded valley with their own micro-climate, are famous for their rhododendron and hydrangea collections and its camellia groves.

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