Lose yourself in over fifty acres of walks, streams and temples, vivid colours, formal terraces, woodland, lakes, cascades and views that take your breath away. This is Hestercombe: a unique combination of three period gardens alongside Hestercombe House and Gallery. The Georgian landscape garden was created in the 1750s by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde, whose vision was complemented by the addition of a Victorian terrace and Shrubbery and the stunning Edwardian gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. All once abandoned, now faithfully restored to their former glory: each garden has its own quality of tranquillity, wonder and inspiration.
Hestercombe House, which now contains a contemporary art gallery, second-hand bookshop and traditional tearoom is the perfect addition to the world famous gardens. Free entry to the Visitor Centre with excellent facilities: The Stables Kitchens (licensed), functions rooms, gift shop & plant centre. Year round events.
Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day 10am - 6pm or dusk (last admission 5pm). Hestercombe House open 11am - 5pm (summer) or 4pm (winter).
Admission Rates: Adults £12.50*, Children £6.25* (5 to 15 yrs) under 5s free *includes voluntary donation towards Hestercombe's historical restoration
Group Rates: Groups 15 or more £9.60 Tour Guide £60.00 Head Gardener Tour: £120
Facilities: Visitor Centre with Stables Cafe, functions rooms, gift shop & plant centre. Contemporary art Gallery, second-hand bookshop & traditional tearoom inside Hestercombe House. 17th Century Watermill.
Disabled Access: Partial. Toilet & parking for disabled on site. Wheelchairs on loan, booking advisable.
Tours/Events: A wide range of events including seasonal fairs or markets, children's trails, garden work shops and traditional winter activities. Garden tours available for groups.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: Refreshment stop or part to full day out.
Booking Contact: Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG
Telephone: 01823 413923
Location: 4 miles from Taunton, Signposted from all main roads with the Tourist Information Daisy symbol.
Updated: December 2019