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Hestercombe Gardens

Three centuries of gardens around a historic house.

  • 4.5

  • from 1512 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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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 1512 Google reviews

landy rover

a year ago


Spent a great couple of hours on a Sunday doing the Christmas trails £2. A lovely walk through some spectacular gardens(still undergoing restoration) with lots of folly's to stop and take a rest. Amazing formal gardens adjacent the main house. One of the best books shops around in the main house I always pop in when I visit. Nice cafe with snacks and some more substantial meals if your hungry. The gardens are a great place to bring the kids plenty of space for them to run around. There are some fantastic events run through the year here such as Easter trails, outside plays and concerts and of course Father Christmas. Explore the history here including it being used in WW2 by the British and Americans.. Lovely pieces of artwork around the gardens all year round. Top Tip 1- If it's rained bring wellies or boots it can get muddy in places. Top Tip 2 - The formal Gardens are great for the little ones but the longer walks can be a bit long.Great in the summer when you can stop and have a picnic to beak it up. Say hello to the swans on the lake. Top Tip 3 - The formal gardens are great for the grandparents so long as they can manage stairs

Kate Biss

a month ago


Put yr walking boots in and enjoy. Beautiful scenery water falls cafe play areas. Fantastic for a family day out. Dogs need to be on leads and no eating in the grounds so no picnics. Cafe area bit pricey but lovely.

Sarah Miles

9 months ago


Booked in advance for afternoon tea, however we received a phone call the day before telling us the booking had been cancelled due to building works overrunning. Fair enough, these things happen. We took a chance the following week and turned up on spec for lunch, there were plenty of tables available. We were curtly told by a waitress that we were too late for lunch but afternoon tea was available, so we ordered that. The waitress was abrupt to the point of rudeness. When the drinks turned up we were surprised to find that both cafetieres of coffee were ridiculously weak - we also ordered a pot of peppermint tea and you honestly couldn't tell by looking which was which. A different waitress did agree to take the coffees away and replace them. Replacement coffees arrived and were fine, as was the peppermint tea. The food arrived and although it looked lovely at first, we were shocked to discover one of the sandwiches was MOULDY - actual blue mould growing on the bread! Once again we spoke to a waitress who was apologetic and did agree to replace the remaining sandwiches with a new plate of savouries. The rest of the food seemed to be fine and when the bill came they had deducted 10% of the total (was still expensive for what we had). However we weren't filled with confidence about the standard of hygiene in the kitchen - after all, if they didn't notice the bread was that mouldy, what other food safety issues might have gone undetected?? Given the rudeness of the first waitress and the mouldy food, we definitely won't be going back.

jerry manning

8 months ago


Lovely place to visit, & the weather was perfect! Beautiful Gardens & House. Great Cafe & Restaurant. Very interesting, with it's history of uses over the years, & its one remaining 'Barack Block' from WW2!

Jonathan Coates

a month ago


We had a late breakfast/brunch in the Stables restaurant at Hestercombe House. I opted for the house equivalent of a "full English" and it was beautifully cooked and delicious. The service was prompt, friendly and not rushed. After this we toured the gardens which are delightful. We've saved the house for another day.

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01823 413923

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