The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Hartland Abbey

Hartland Abbey was gifted by Henry VIII to the present owner's ancestor. In a narrow valley leading to the Atlantic, this cherished family home with stunning interiors, fascinating architecture, collections and family memorabilia is a perfect day out in any weather.

Enjoy the beautiful gardens and walks, much of them hidden since 1914; restoration has revealed the Fernery and Bog Garden by Jekyll, paths through woodland gardens of spring and summer flowering shrubs, the Gazebo overlooking the Atlantic and the Woodland Summerhouse.

The intimate18thC Walled Gardens once again grow herbaceous, tender and rare perennials, climbers, vegetables and fruit. Glasshouses of dazzling houseplants which fill the Abbey interiors with colour. Historic daffodils, tulips, bluebells and wildflowers enchant early visitors. Location for BBC Antiques Roadshow. Walks lead to the beach and Blackpool Mill Cottage where BBC's 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'The Night Manager' were filmed. 'Guernsey' also partially filmed here. Black sheep, peacocks and donkeys roam.

Close to Hartland Quay (1m) and Clovelly(4m). 

Picture: ©Hartland Abbey

Fact File

Opening Times: Sunday March 25th - September 30th (Sun - Thurs & BHs) 11.00am - 5pm (House 2-5)
Admission Rates: Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £9, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £4.50. 
House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions: Adult £12.50, Children (under 5) FREE, (5-15) £5.00
Group Rates: Minimum Group Size (for discount) 20. House, Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk,
Exhibitions: Adult £10.50. Gardens, Grounds, Beachwalk, Exhibitions only: Adult £8,
Groups of 30+ please ring for price.
Facilities: Light lunches and cream teas in Old Kitchen Tea Room. Gift Shop. Plant sales
Disabled Access: Partial
Tours Events: Guided Tours (optional) and Group Bookings by appointment
Coach Parking: Yes, adjacent to house
Length of Visit: (with house) 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 hours, Walks and Gardens only 2 1/2 hours
Special Events: Daffodils &Spring Flowers 18th March (11-4) Easter Egg Hunts 1st, 2nd April (11 - 5) Bluebell
Sundays 15th, 22nd April. Outdoor Theatre and other events (details on website)
Annual Exhibition: 'Filming at Hartland Abbey since 1934', 'History of the Hartland Abbey Estate' and 'William Stukeley - Saviour of Stonehenge'
Booking Contact: Theresa Seligmann, Hartland, Nr Bideford, North Devon EX39 6DT. Tel: 01237 441496/234
Location: 15 miles west of Bideford, 15 miles north of Bude off A39 via B3248 between Hartland and Hartland Quay.

Updated 06/12/2017

Hartland Abbey
Contact Gardens to Visit