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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.6

  • from 624 Google reviews

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

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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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7 minutes by taxi from Castle Cary train station.
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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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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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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 624 Google reviews

alison kilpatrick

a week ago


Last year I visited the Newt and paid £48 entrance fee. Yes I understand that this lasts me for entrance for a year but only useful if you are close and also 5 other sites that are again not close to where I live. I could of made more visits. Yesterday I visited again and noted that the entrance price is now £68. There is no reduction for families or senior citizens. The. Garden has developed a lot since last year and there is the woodland walks. The views are lovely. The Roman Villa has just opened but you have to book that visit and it was fully booked yesterday. There are plenty areas to site and admire the views but food does cost a wee bit more than other sites that I have visited. I would love to visit more but I feel I get more value from my National Trust card as a senior citizen

Kate Thompson

3 weeks ago


Completely unique day out, with something new on every corner. A day out you will never forget. Very well presented and choice of eating places. Very expensive to non members unless you attend with a member. Unless you live in Somerset and make two or more visits a year this is cost prohibited. Helpful and friendly staff. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Joshua Beebe

a month ago


This is actually one of the most fantastic places I've ever been. We have membership to the gardens and they are heavenly. The garden restaurant is resplendent with a view to die for and the fine cyder is the most unbelievable experience. Can't give it enough outside even tho we have never stayed in the hotel

Emma Osborn

3 weeks ago


Highly recommended booking to view The Story of Gardening. Very interactive for children and adults a like. With this and all the other features to see at The Newt you will find plenty to do here, we will definitely be coming again as there is so much we didn't do.

Louisa Zielinski

2 months ago


A fantastic stay! Brilliant food, friendly staff and beautiful gardens. We stayed in the Farmyard and it was brilliant- especially being able to get the buggies back and forth. The experiences that we did were great, especially loved the bee safari. My one piece of advice would be for there to be a quick tour of the Hadspen House grounds and spa we got this when we went to the Farmyard but didn’t know for example where the lawn was for our garden tour or the facilities in the spa.

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