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On since 2020

Last update: November 2023

Located on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens is a stunning botanical wedding venue situated in the historic village of Abbotsbury. Spread across 30 acres, these gardens were originally established as a kitchen garden by the first Countess of Ilchester in 1756. Now, they serve as a serene setting for special events, where friends and loved ones can gather together for your unforgettable wedding occasion.

Facilities and Capacity

You and your guests may enter the private wedding garden at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens through an exclusive wrought-iron gateway which leads to this botanic paradise. Surrounded by exotic trees, spectacular shrubs, and fragrant florals, you and your beloved can say ‘I do’ in the Wooden Gazebo. This charming structure is fully licenced to host civil ceremonies and offers an idyllic outdoor location for your vow exchange. Afterwards, guests have exclusive evening access to all that the grounds here have to offer. Attendees can roam the winding paths and admire the ample vegetation while sipping champagne during a relaxed drinks reception. While guests mingle, you can take advantage of the abundance of unique wedding photo opportunities available here. For your wedding breakfast, the permanent Wedding Marquee provides the perfect spot. Here, up to 150 people can be comfortably accommodated for a seated occasion. This purpose-built structure keeps events connected to the natural surroundings with its glass-panelled walls and natural wood flooring. Here, guests are welcome to drink, dine, and dance the night away surrounded by the stunning landscape that this property provides.

Services Offered

The friendly and professional staff at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens aim to accommodate all of your wedding event needs. A list of 5* luxury cottages as well as local B&B’s and guest houses in the area is provided, if your guests wish to make the most of the time in Abbotsbury.

A list of caterers, local food and drink companies that have worked with Abbotsbury Weddings is available. If you have your own caterer, food van or mobile bar, then these can be considered, and Abbotsbury Gardens endeavour to accommodate them.

The venue includes free parking, use of the Wedding Marquee and ceremony site, a season ticket to the garden for the couple-of-honour, and much more.

Flexibility and openness to working with the Wedding Professionals has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for many of the couples that love this venue.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Coastal weddings
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Private catering allowed
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Evening reception facilities

Other features:

Car parking
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Jemma Q. Sent on 18/09/2023
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A Beautiful Day

Getting married at Abbotbury was amazing! Jess, Martin and the team couldn't have been more helpful and made it a perfect day. They helped us with ideas and worked closely with suppliers. The gardens were beautiful and the photos are incredible!
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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens Real Weddings

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Buller's Way DT3 4LA Abbotsbury (Dorset)
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