Becoming a Member at Hestercombe

A special message for all Hestercombe members from Philip White MBE:

Dear Members,

As you will know, the current pandemic has had a significant impact on the charity and Hestercombe Gardens fully closed to the public on the 22nd March. These are worrying times and we are receiving many inquiries regarding membership.

As a small independent charity, we are still adapting to Hestercombe’s closure and the implications of it. At the moment, no decision has been made regarding refunding, extending or pausing payments while we are closed.

We are very grateful to all of our members for their continued support, which enables the charity to look after nature, beauty, and history for everyone. However, we recognise that some people may really struggle financially during these difficult times, and for those members, we are looking for a solution to address this.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Hestercombe as soon as the current lockdown is lifted. In the meantime, please, accept our best wishes and stay well.

Philip White MBE
Chief Executive, Hestercombe Gardens Trust


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 to Hestercombe, with prices from £3.29 per month – equivalent to only 76p per week.

Your membership includes:

  • Unlimited access to Hestercombe Gardens, House and Gallery for a year from date of joining
  • Half price entry for visitors accompanied by a Hestercombe member (one visitor per member)
  • Special members’ discounts on many of our events throughout the year
  • Full colour newsletters and ‘What’s On’ emails to keep you up to date with news and events
  • Half price entry to our splendid partner attractions: Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells and Kilver Court.

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

Upgrade your ticket

Visit Hestercombe and upgrade your ticket to an annual membership for just the difference in cost.

Example: pay £13.30 for adult entry, and upgrade to full adult single membership for an extra £26.20 (£2.18 by monthly Direct Debit). The upgrade must be made during the day of your visit.

Prices as of 1 December 2019.


Type of MembershipPrice


(1 adult member)


DD: £3.29

Buy Now Small


(2 adult members)


DD: £5.75

Buy Now Small

Family (1 adult)**

(1 adult member plus 5 children/grandchildren U16. One card covers the family)


DD: £4.50

Buy Now Small

Family (2 adults)**

(2 adult members plus 5 children/grandchildren U16. Two cards cover the family)


DD: £6.63

Buy Now Small

Add A Guest

(Enjoy Hestercombe with friends or family – entry with Member only)


DD: £2.71

Add this option to any membership

*To pay by annual or monthly Direct Debit please download, complete and return the Membership Form below **Children under 5 enter FREE. Prices correct from 1 December 2019

Download the Hestercombe membership form
The Hestercombe Gardens Trust charity was established in 1997 to oversee the restoration, maintenance and development of the gardens and to protect them for future generations. By becoming a Member of Hestercombe, you will be directly contributing towards this valuable work.


Upgrade your membership by becoming a Friend, Patron or Benefactor

If you’d like to become more involved and contribute to Hestercombe’s future, there are a number of ways you can develop your membership. By becoming a Friend, Patron or Benefactor you’ll play a vital and rewarding role in supporting Hestercombe for future generations and you’ll also get the opportunity to take part in exclusive behind-the-scenes visits and tours, together with special and select events.

Find out more and decide which membership upgrade would suit you best.

Give the Gift of Membership!

Why not give the Gift of Membership to friends and family and they too can enjoy all the benefits of membership? For the person who seems to have everything, this could be just the thing. Ring us and we can arrange to post the membership pack to you or to the person for whom you have purchased this wonderful gift!

Your best friend… for just £15 your dog can become a ‘Hestercombe Best Friend for Life’. He or she will receive an attractive brass tag with their unique membership number and our logo plus a certificate of membership. A great gift idea! Call us on 01823 413923

Paying by Direct Debit

Direct Debit is an easy and convenient way to pay for your Hestercombe membership. With Direct Debit your subscription comes out of your bank automatically and there’s no need to contact us to pay. It only takes a few minutes to set up a Direct Debit – we will do the rest. If all our members paid by Direct Debit we could save time and money in administration, meaning more money will go towards the restoration and development of these historic and important gardens.

If you wish to pay for your membership by Direct Debit, please download, complete and return the Membership Form. Unfortunately, we are not yet able to set up direct debit payments online.

View our Membership Terms & Conditions For information or administrative queries, contact our Membership Secretary on 01823 414184

Explore all year round with Hestercombe membership…