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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.7

  • from 775 Google reviews

The Newt in Somerset at dawn from above
The Newt in Somerset at dawn from above

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Photo by The Newt in Somerset. All rights reserved

About the garden

Woods, orchards, and cultivated gardens are nurtured using age-old skills at The Newt in Somerset. Close to artistic Bruton, this large working estate immerses visitors in the tranquillity of nature.

The world-class gardens at The Newt cleverly evoke different historic eras. Explore the Cottage Garden for a glimpse of Gertrude Jekyll’s famous landscaping style, and see the flowers that scented 19th century gardens in the Victorian area. The Cascade is a contemporary twist on traditional water features, and the Colour Gardens feature hellebores, astrantias and anemones inspired by garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Her family home was The Newt’s Georgian manor Hadspen House – now a luxurious hotel.

Once you’ve taken in the gardens and explored the woodland walkways, you can refuel at The Garden Café. Or, at the Cyder Press, sample the cider made from the estate’s 3,000 apple trees, perhaps enjoying a guided tour of the cellar and apple pressing demonstrations.

Activating Your Membership

Make sure to activate your Garden Membership on the Candide app, and return to The Newt as often as you like over the next 12 months.

Opening times

Every day except Christmas Day Summer: 28 March – 30 October 9.00AM – 6.00PM Winter: 31 October – 27 March 9.00AM – 4.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

800 Acres

Dog walking

No - Guide dogs only.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Bicycle rack in visitor car park

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved). All gardens areas are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers, though via indirect routes – often up thick lawns, steep gradients, uneven ground and gravelled pathways. For longer distances transport is available for those requiring assistance.


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Two wheelchairs available on a first come, first served basis.

Somerset, BA7 7NG

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The Newt in Somerset
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Public Transport
7 minutes by taxi from Castle Cary train station.
Not accessible by bus.
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Enjoy unlimited repeat entry to The Newt in Somerset for 12 months, as well as access to our Partner Gardens, seasonal workshops, events and regular updates from the estate

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Joint Membership

Enjoy unlimited repeat entry to The Newt in Somerset for 12 months, as well as all the benefits above, for two adults living at the same address.

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Local Membership

Discounted membership for visitors residing in the following postcodes: Wincanton (BA9), Castle Cary (BA7), Bruton (BA10), Sparkford (BA22 7), Evercreech (BA4 6) or within 6 miles of The Newt (BA7 7NG) as the crow flies - please check using

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RHS Members

Members of the RHS can visit the Newt free of charge on Tuesdays

Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 775 Google reviews

Marco Rossi

2 months ago


Outstanding. A beautiful, magnificent garden where totally free your mind and your senses. And there's so much to discover all around. If you want to really enjoy it, I warmly suggest you to take it easy and spend at least a couple of days to just walk around all the beautiful places, walk along the gardens possibly in a tour with one of the great gardeners who take care of this amazing place. And then just chill out at the cafe, enjoying superb meals while watching the sunset... I could literally retire in a place like this one. It's truly magnificent.

Nathan Mayers

4 months ago


I had an absolutely amazing stay here! The staff were friendly, the grounds were beautiful, there was much to explore and the spa facilities were excellent. I literally have no complaints. I 1000% recommend going here. I've uploaded a bunch of photos of the room, the food and around the hotel. I hope they help you with your decision, but honestly it's a great hotel, there's really not much to think about... Get Going!

Lauren Green

5 months ago


I really felt the need to leave this review as our experience was so wonderful. We started off in the botanical rooms with the set menu, the service and food was exceptional, I brought my 1 year old son and every single staff member spoke to him and made him and us feel so welcome. Staff were attentive at all times, if you needed to know where anything was they would personally take you to it rather than just giving directions which I thought was brilliant. The gardens and buildings were breathtaking, there was so much to do, see and explore, you could easily spend and entire day and still not see everything. 10/10 would recommend for a beautiful day out.

Tom Howden

2 months ago


Very nice place to go for walk, food and/or drink. The Roman experience is great too (although note that the food there isn't available after 3:30pm!!), with an excellent informative and interesting museum, combined with a no-expense-spared recreation of a Roman villa. The grotto is intriguing too, and the farm shop has a great range of food - particularly cheeses, meats and breads, and obviously cider and wine 😋🍷

Mark Huntington

6 months ago


A much anticipated visit to the Newt was not a disappointment. Beautiful gardens both formal and informal with everything so beautifully presented that wherever you look there is a carefully curated view or a tiny but beautiful detail. The facilities are well kept and the staff were friendly and helpful (despite being on a blisteringly hot day). It is expensive and you could break the bank in the farm and gift shops but now armed with annual membership we can go again, and we can also visit other gardens such as Heligan and Eden Project for free.

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01963 577 777

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