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Hartland Abbey Gardens

Romantic restored gardens with impressive heritage and a coastal walk.

  • 4.3

  • from 347 Google reviews

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Hartland Abbey by Steve Bittinger. CC BY 2.0

About the garden

You might already recognise Hartland Abbey and Gardens; the estate has been used as a filming location for many popular shows including the BBC adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Aside from this, the award-winning house and gardens, in North Devon, are also known for their large collection of Camellias.

Set across 50 acres of parkland are woodland paths adorned with Bluebells in spring as well as the Echium pininana which reaches up to 15 feet within the Walled Garden. Follow the pleasant short walk to the Atlantic Coast, explore the Baronet’s Bog Garden, plus take the children to meet Becky and Snowdrop the donkeys.

The 12th-century Abbey, which survived as a monastery longer than any other in the country, is still lived in by the Stucley family and now houses fascinating exhibitions and collections of architecture and paintings. The Old Kitchens Tea Room offers a delicious homemade selection of light lunches, cream teas and cakes to complete your day.

With beautiful gardens and parkland leading to the sea, it is both fascinating and fun for all ages. Whether you are interested in heritage and history, gardens, family memorabilia or lovely walks in the clean, invigorating Atlantic air, Hartland Abbey is not to be missed.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 2 - 4 hours (Half Day) at Hartland Abbey and Gardens.

Opening times

End of Mar - First Sunday in Oct Sunday - Thursday 11AM - 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

50 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

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


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Devon, EX39 6DT

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EX39 6DT
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Google reviews

  • 4.3

  • from 347 Google reviews

Tony Dixon

3 weeks ago


Excellent visit. Walled garden and Bog Garden amazing. Cafe first rate with a really good selection of snacks and freshly made cakes. Take the stunning walk down to the beach. The house is well worth the visit as well with many interesting displays

Linda Pugh

a week ago


We had a most enjoyable day at Hartland Abbey. The gardens were a pleasure to walk around, although some were a bit tricky because of the terrain. The walled garden is very well tended with the opportunity to sit and enjoy the enclosed area.The walk to the Quay was well worth the effort. It was a pity we did not have time to stay longer by the sea but we were keen to see the house. Whilst you make your own way around there are well informed stewards in each room. At the end of the visit there are some interesting documents on display.

Michael Tucker MT

2 weeks ago


Nice place to see. Staff were very good. They alowed a large dog in there tea rooms. We were asked to wear a face mask in there tea room. Several of the staff did not were a mask

Steve Preston

a week ago


Recommend the walled garden in particular, but grounds were generally lovely.The walk to the sea was difficult with a wheelchair. We met Lord and Lady Stukely too, which was really marvellous

Mark Bertram

4 weeks ago


Hartland Abbey Gardens open today for bluebell day. Walked from the house, down through the bluebell woods, to Eye Cove then back via the gazebo & summer house. Tea rooms excellent value, wonderful homemade food. Worth paying to see inside the house. So much to see, didn't have time to see the walled gardens, will return another day.

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01237 441496

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