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Hestercombe Gardens

Three centuries of gardens around a historic house.

  • 4.5

  • from 1702 Google reviews


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About the garden

Hestercombe Gardens are a classic British garden that span nearly four centuries of design, with a unique character and the hallmark variety of the Georgian era, an extensive Victorian shrubbery, Edwardian formal gardens from the early 20th century and a 17th century water garden which is in the process of being restored. Visitors will enjoy wandering the 50 acres of grounds, near Taunton in Somerset, where you can bumble around the grounds to your heart's content, with enough to explore for a few hours or even a whole day, discovering a wealth of beautiful planting.

Inside Hestercombe House, the gallery brings together art and the landscape beyond, blending the site's garden design heritage with newer works from both designers and artists. Visitors will also enjoy a restaurant which offers delicious afternoon teas and a seasonal lunch menu which is sourced from the garden itself.

Opening times

Every Day 10am – 5pm, daily (last entry 3:30pm) Different times applicable on event days and these can be found on the website. Last entry 3.30PM, in winter and summer

Useful details

Garden area

50 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

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


Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Yes - contact Visitor Reception before booking tickets online, on 01823 413923.

Somerset, TA2 8LQ

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Hestercombe Gardens
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Public Transport
Not easily accessible - nearest train station is Taunton; nearest bus routes are (all require a 20-30 min walk): 2 (arrive Leigh Road), 23b (arrive Nailsbourne), 21 (arrive Monkton Elm).
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 1702 Google reviews

Martin Boyd

9 months ago


Unique history of gardening at this place. From some ancient medieval (?) To Edwardian. A sit down table service menu and a café on site. Nice food. ££. Nice walks with dogs welcome and dog bins available. Lovely paths along the stream which comes through the estate all the way down to the gardens. Not national trust. The house needs restoration but is open with great views over the garden and some artifacts from the house on show. Bat house with CCTV was empty but is there usually.

Tiggy Greenwood

6 months ago


Fantastic garden. We had a wonderful visit, taking our Standard Poodle with us. Lots of parking, and even an electric charge point for our car. (Ask for the key fob from the welcome desk.) Good welcome and everything explained and we were given a map. Wonderful landscape garden with good paths, some steepish, but not hazardously so. Lots of architectural garden incidence - towers, mausoleum etc. Beautiful trees. More formal gardens. Beautifully maintained and friendly gardeners, happy to talk to visitors. Really inspiring ideas to take home to ordinary domestic gardens. And interesting plants for sale. Good restaurant and cafe, and dog welcome in the cafe. A first class visit.

Julie Bertjab

5 months ago


Lovely gardens originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll with lake and orangery, tea room, plant shop and house with gift store. Lots to see, very helpful volunteers, beautifully quiet when I visited on a Saturday during the bank holiday. Recommended.

Barbara Welch

8 months ago


This is my second time of visiting and it’s beautiful. The grounds are stunning and we picked a lovely sunny day to go. The staff are all friendly and they gave us some dog biscuits for our lab . The stables cafe is a must, great food and the staff were welcoming and friendly. I even got a takeaway box as I couldn’t eat all my cream tea 😂. The secondhand bookshop is well stocked . Worth a visit.

Myles Breary

9 months ago


Think this is are third visit here and as always not disappointed, early in the year this time for us, so plenty of new plants to see, with seemingly different views, bluebells out all over with the bluebell walk a real treat, had a nice snack at the cafe this time which was lovely and fresh. The house had a very interesting exhibition about the house and estate with items found in and around during renovations. Spent the best part of the day here, which gave us plenty of time to wonder around and find places we had missed before, the on going renovations and different plants. Friendly helpful staff.

Contact the garden

01823 413923

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