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Whilst undoubtedly a very fine garden, whether Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens can truly be said to be subtropical has to be open to debate.

Situated in a sheltered valley a few hundred metres back from the coast, the gardens enjoy a largely frost free micro-climate, allowing many plants to be grown outside that would not normally survive in the UK. Warm, yes; Sub-tropical, maybe.

Not to be missed, despite the 250m steep climb up a grass slope, is the Jurassic Coast View Point.

From the top of the hill that shelters the Gardens from the full force of gales in the Channel there are fine views over the Fleet and Chesil Beach to Portland.