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Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to this beautiful and tranquil place is one of the most popular things to do in Dorset.

Located on the dramatic Dorset Coast, this unique natural wildlife habitat is spread over a site of some 25 acres and is home to the only managed colony of free-flying mute swans in the world.

The 600-year-old swannery is a natural history paradise. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury in the 1940s.

During the nesting and hatching period (end May-end June), it is possible to be standing next to hatching eggs and if you’re very lucky, you may even witness a cygnet being born right before your eyes.

Visitors to the Swannery can help hand feed over 600 swans at 12.00 noon and 4.00pm daily, which is an experience not to be missed. The accompanying talk from the swanherd provides an enaging and informative insight into these graceful birds.

  • Snacks Available
  • cafe/tea room
  • Picnics Allowed
  • Parking onsite
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Gift Shop
Venue Type
  • Outdoors
Suitable for
  • All Ages
  • Wildlife & Zoo Centres