We are OPEN

Latest update: Friday 30th April 2021

Hestercombe Gardens is open daily for visits

We are delighted to return to being fully open for visits from members and non-members. Bookings for the gardens must be made before arriving via the Hestercombe website.

Visits can now be made to the Plant Centre and Café without making a booking ~ just turn up between 10am and 4.30pm.

We are open daily (7 days a week), from 10am - 6pm (last entry 4.30pm).

Tickets will be released every fortnight on a Friday morning (Fridays 7th May, 21st May and so on).

Not a Hestercombe member? Join our family and take advantage of a range of exclusive member benefits ~ sign up via our membership page.

Indoor catering, and Hestercombe House and Gallery, will all reopen from Monday 17th May (please note ~ this is subject to change, depending on Government restrictions).

The Hestercombe Gift Shop, and Secondhand Bookshop, located within Hestercombe House since September 2020, are open daily from 11am - 5pm (gardens admission required).

Further updates

Whilst we've been closed, we have taken the opportunity to improve visitors' experience on site, including the creation of a new cafe facility in the location of the former Hestercombe Gift Shop, and refurbishment of the Stables Cafe. As work on this continues, we are serving a limited range of food and drink from the south side of the Bampfylde Hall (access is via the gardens, and down the Daisy Steps). We should have some more updates and photos of the new cafe space for you soon.

Please note:

Further updates on Hestercombe's reopening will be published online, by email to our members and via Facebook and Twitter.

For any queries please contact us.

Membership at Hestercombe

Join today and enjoy unlimited access to Hestercombe for a whole year

Described as “one of the top twenty gardens to visit in the country”, Hestercombe is always beautiful throughout the year. Join today and enjoy unlimited access, with prices from £48 per year.

Your membership includes:

  • Unlimited access to Hestercombe Gardens for a year from date of joining for the Member, guests and children according to membership type
  • Half price entry for visitors accompanied by a Member of Hestercombe (one visitor per member)
  • Free children's trails available throughout the year
  • Special members’ discounts on many of our events throughout the year
  • Our 'members first approach' with members receiving 24 hours priority booking for our most popular events, such as Mother's Day, The Bampfylde Lecture, workshops and most importantly, our winter events such as the Christmas Market, Father Christmas and ILLUMINATE.
  • Full colour newsletters and ‘What’s On’ emails to keep you up to date with news and events
  • Discounts on tickets to selected events at Hestercombe
  • Half price entry to our partner attractions:­ Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens (half price garden entry only), The Bishop’s Palace, Wells (available for full membership only), The Garden House, Dartington Trust Gardens and Exmoor Zoo.

Give a Gift of Membership to friends and family and they too can enjoy all the benefits of membership.

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Watch now: a walk through Hestercombe's gardens

Filmed during the first national lockdown in late May 2020, this video captures the peace and freedom around the gardens at a time when the world was in turmoil.

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