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Hartland Abbey Gardens

Romantic restored gardens with impressive heritage and a coastal walk.

  • 4.4

  • from 407 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

  • 4.4

  • from 407 Google reviews

Ed Stekelenburg

3 months ago


As recommended by others we didn’t buy the tickets for the house, just for the area and gardens. We enjoyed the easy walk to the beach (we skipped the climb to the summerhouse and upwards). At the beach we relaxed and absorbed the beauty of the coastline. After the walk back to the house we took some drinks and walked to the walled gardens. Many beautiful flowers and plants are kept there and we enjoyed it. We walked backed via the ‘Lady’s walk’ (not sure that was the exact name of the path), it was a wonderful walk back to the house. Less than 600 yards). We took a glance at the exhibition which was okay. The duration of the visit was approximately 4 hours, and we enjoyed it so, we were surprised that it was already that late. So, make sure to take the time for your visit and mind that it’s closed on Fridays and Saturdays.

Tony Dixon

5 months 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

Gillian Parker

3 weeks ago


What a gem ! Beautiful grounds. Half hour easy stroll each way down to their own quiet bay. A few steep steps down onto rocky beach at the end but for less abke there are also a couple of benches to relax on on headland so you get to enjoy all the view without any challenges. Stunning. Also choices of other steep walks up through the woods. The walled cottage gardens situated at the entrance to the estate are well worth exploring. Give yourselves half hour to wander round. Didnt have time for the house this time but will definitely re visit. Good toilets and lovely tea rooms. Dogs allowed on the walks. Highly recommended a visit. Also part of the Gardener's World 2 for 1 garden entry.

Mark Bertram

5 months 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.

Erin Urban

2 weeks ago


Lovely estate with very helpful volunteers! We appreciated the exhibitions and displays. Interesting and engaging! The tea room has delicious food and cakes.

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01237 441496

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