Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Swannery at Chesil beach in the heart of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is the only place in the world where it is possible to walk through a colony of nesting mute swans. It was originally established in the 11th century by the local Benedictine Monks who farmed the swans for food.

abbotsbury swanneryThis unique wildlife habitat is not a zoo nor is it a sanctuary and there are no cages. The swans are all free to come and go as they please. In the spring, between May and June the biggest attrraction is the hatching baby swans. There is a mass feeding of over 600 mute swans that visitors can take part in at 12pm and 4pm every day.

Not only does the Abbotsbury Swannery have the colony of swans, you can hand feed the swans, lose yourself in the willow maze, play on the swinging nets and enjoy snacks, lunches, teas and coffees at the Kennels cafe.

Members of the Armed Services, their partner and up to three children can now enjoy free entry to Abbotsbury Swannery on production of a warrant ID card.

You do not need to enter the Swannery to enjoy the Kennels cafe which is located at the entrance. Walkers and other visitors are welcome.

Useful Information about Abbotsbury Swannery

  • Visit Abbotsbury Swannery website
  • It is open between 16th March to 3rd November, 10.00am to 5.00/6.00pm, please ring to confirm closing time (01305 871858).
  • The Swannery enjoys wide paths around most of the site and is easily accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the Swannery, for obvious reasons.
  • There is lots of free parking for cars and coaches.
  • Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more.
  • The cafe serves snacks, lunches, afternoon tea and morning coffee during opening hours.
  • There are toilets and disabled facilities at the entrance to the Swannery.

Watch a hatching cygnet

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