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The Newt in Somerset

Magnificent estate with productive gardens, museum and parkland.

  • 4.6

  • from 498 Google reviews

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

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Photo by The Newt in Somerset. All rights reserved

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. Pushchairs may be stored at the Threshing Barn, and 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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Public Transport
7 minutes by taxi from Castle Cary train station.
Not accessible by bus.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 498 Google reviews

Stuart Speer

a month ago


Only joined the Newt in July this year. However, been there several times now and each time there is something different to see and find. Only went for an afternoon stroll and see the place at Christmas time. Enjoyed mulled cider and cake to kick start walk and headed over to the North East side to find the Story of Gardening facility and also the herd of deer on the property. Both treats were amazing. Didn't have enough time to enjoy the Gardening exhibition. Well worth it and it's immersive experience. A lot of thought, effort and design. Will be going back for the rest. Has cafe area there too in the Gardening exhibit though not used this time. Staff very helpful. Herd of deer find was by chance and managed to get some shots of them without too much disturbance. Beautiful creatures...all good easy access and exhibit also has tree top walk too.


3 weeks ago


Explored the gardens and woodland of the Newt (during December), it was really good. For me the stand out thing was the story of gardening, I thought it was so interesting seeing all the different styles of gardens from around the world. What made it even better was the virtual reality headset that let you explore another garden. We saw deer while walking on the viper walkway through the trees. I will be back in the spring and summer to see the gardens in their full splendor.

Emma Blundell

a month ago


Loved it!! Lovely room, incredible facilities & super helpful passionate staff throughout all aspects. Couldn’t recommend the garden, deer park & bee tours more, informative & engaging complimentary activities for all ages from beginner to expert to learn from. Highly recommend for anyone interested in nature Combined with a top 5* hotel & food

Finley Norman

2 weeks ago


This place is phenomenal. The level of detail that has gone into the construction and management is amazing which makes this such an beautiful place to go and unwind. The gift shop is laden with quality goods, the farmshop is full of top quality produce and the restaurants and ice cream parlor serve top quality food and drink. This is a highly recommended location and the season ticket is well worth the money as you can visit throughout the seasons and at various events that are always being held.

Rob Lloyd

a month ago


Highly recommend dining at The Botanical Rooms. Fine dining at it's best. Had great service with lovely touches like pouring sauce over the sliced duck at your table and also talking you through the dish as it's brought to your table. The cured yolk mushroom was a standout starter and the duck for main was perfectly sliced. The star of the show was the side of brown butter cooked seaweed potatoes, that are glazed with honey and sherry vinegar.

Contact the garden

01963 577 777

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