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Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery Review

A lagoon outside the village serves as a famous breeding place for swans. Originally tended by Benedictine monks as a source of meat in winter, the swans have remained for centuries, drawn by the lagoon's soft, moist eelgrass, a favorite food, and fresh water. They now build nests in reeds provided by the swannery. Cygnets hatch between mid-May and late June. Try to visit during feeding time, at noon and 4 pm.

    Contact Information

  • Address: New Barn Rd., Abbotsbury, DT3 4JG | Map It
  • Phone: 01305/871858
  • Cost: £11, £17 including gardens
  • Hours: mid-Mar.–Oct., daily 10–5; last admission 1 hr before closing
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  • Location: Abbotsbury
Updated: 05-28-2014

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