Abbotsbury Swannery, Abbotsbury, Devon
Abbotsbury Swannery on the Dorset coast has a rich and vast history, originally established by Benedictine monks in the 11th century to provide food for local banquets. Now this 25 acre site is home to the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans; you’d struggle to find anywhere else where you see such an incredible number of them in their natural habitat.
Mid May to the end of June are the busiest times because that’s when the cygnets are hatching – you can even help with the daily hand feeds at 12 noon and 4pm, which is an experience not to be forgotten. The youngsters will love the huge swan maze and the swinging nests in the play area, and if you come over peckish (excuse the pun) head for the Swannery coffee shop for sustenance. Extend your visit with a stroll around the village and see the ruins of the monastery and the tithe barn. Up on the hilltop nearby is St Catherine’s chapel with incredible views over Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland.
Groups are welcome at Abbotsbury Swannery, but dogs and swans aren’t the best mix, so leave your fluffy companions at home.
Open: Every day March – October 10.00am-5.00pm
T: 01305 871858 All information correct at the time of writing