Opening Times
Hestercombe Gardens is open all year round, except Christmas Day.

The gardens are open from 10a.m. to 6p.m. with the last entry at 5p.m. (dusk in Winter)

The Courtyard, Stables Kitchen and Lutyens Gallery are open 10a.m. to 5.30p.m. (closing at 5p.m. in Winter)

The Gardens Shop & Plant Centre are open 11a.m. to 5.30p.m. (closing at 4.30p.m. in Winter)

Latest Visitor Information

  • 22 April 2014
    Meet Head Gardener Claire Reid and come along on a tour of Hestercombe. Taking about 1.5 hours, you will learn about the gardens, the history and how ...
  • 16 April 2014
    The bluebell walk is open!  Gotton Copse is full with beautiful blues as the bluebells burst into flower. Follow the signs, admission is included in ...
  • 03 April 2014
    From Saturday 5th April families can join in on a fun Easter egg hunt set in the landscape (and formal) gardens. Look out for eggs along the way and a...

Thank you

The gardens were a delight, as were morning coffee, lunch, and tea!
The fact that we could bring our little terrier was hugely encouraging. All in all, a superb meeting place with friends.
Ian & Mary Jamieson
( Ian & Mary Jamieson , Inverness )

 

About Us

Hestercombe is an independent charity and all proceeds from admissions, retail and events support the restoration, maintenance and development of the gardens. Registered Charity number 1060000.

We are open all year round 10am to 5.30pm, except Christmas Day. There are full details to assist visitors on our Visitor Information pages.

Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. In particular, Hestercombe's Formal Garden is a fine example of the world renowned partnership between plants-women, Gertrude Jekyll and architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens.

In addition to the magnificent gardens, the Visitor Centre has award-winning facilities. The bright and airy Courtyard is a delight to enjoy a leisurely coffee or a delicious lunch, al fresco. The Stables Restaurant & Coffee Shop are open daily and serve a wide variety of homemade lunches from soups and sandwiches to hearty casseroles and crisp salads. There is a tempting array of cakes, biscuits, muffins and desserts, choice of coffees, teas and cold drinks including wines and beers.

Garden Trust

The Hestercombe Gardens Trust was established in 1996 to oversee the restoration of the gardens and to protect them for the future.

Partners

Working with our partners we are able to create new products and offer extra benefits for visitors and our Members.

Sustainable Hestercombe

The aim of the Hestercombe Trust is to reclaim, restore, preserve, enhance and develop for the education and benefit of the public, the landscape, gardens and buildings of heritage, horticultural or architectural interest associated with Hestercombe.

Sustainable Hestercombe

Hestercombe has benefited from funding awards which include the HEritage Lottery Fund, Viridor Credits, LARC and others. Full details and credits will be displayed on this website very soon.

Vacancies

Fun but hard working we’re a diverse business; both a busy wedding, conference and function venue and an inspiring visitor attraction. Our aim is to create a place that people will love and will want to visit over and over, creating happy memories and spending time with loved ones.
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