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Your Visit

Nestled at the foot of the Quantock Hills AONB, Hestercombe Gardens is a stunning collection of three period gardens just minutes from the town of Taunton, Somerset.

It's perfect for a day out, a nice lunch, or just a pit stop as you travel down (or up) the M5!

Read on for the facilities you'll be able to enjoy at Hestercombe.

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Gardens

Peppered with impressive views, you'll find a Georgian Landscape Garden, designed by Coplestone Warre Bampfylde designed in the mid 18th century. A Victorian Shrubbery and Terrace offer views to the Blackdown Hills; and formal gardens (built 1904-08) display a magnificent collaboration between Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

More about the gardens
The Victorian Terrace at Hestercombe, Somerset Gardens

Contemporary Art Gallery

Located on the first floor of Hestercombe House in the former Fire Brigade Control Room, Hestercombe Gallery is open daily from 11am - 4pm, and presents the best in contemporary arts practice. Entry is included with gardens admission.

What's on at the Gallery
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The Stables Restaurant

The Stables offers visitors an historic space to enjoy a delicious, home-made brunch, lunch or afternoon tea. Sit indoors within the warm and welcoming original stables, or outdoors in the stylish, light, glass-covered courtyard.

See the menus
Afternoon Tea at Hestercombe's The Stables

Caffè + Gelato

The chic and colourful Caffè + Gelato is open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm, offering a varied assortment of sweet and savoury lunch options, hot and cold drinks and delicious, locally-made gelato by Baboo. Dog-friendly. Both The Stables, and Caffè + Gelato, are both free to enter, no gardens admission required.

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Caffe Gelato Cafe Hestercombe Gardens

Accessibility

A large portion of the gardens offers an 'all ability access route', marked on the Guide Map in yellow. We also offer a Countryside Mobility vehicle for hire. See our Accessibility page for more information on how to book. The Visitor Centre (including the Ticket Office, restaurant and café) is fully accessible.

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Dog friendly

We are proud to welcome four-legged friends, with the gardens, gift shop, book shop, restaurant (partial), café and plant centre all being dog-friendly. Very good dogs will receive a free treat upon arrival!

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Family Activities

With 50 acres of beautiful countryside and endless fresh air, Hestercombe is a fantastic place for families to enjoy together. Enjoy two play areas, or come back in the school holidays to try our fun garden trails or seasonal events such as Father Christmas, or Super Summer.

What's on for families
Corporate Membership at Hestercombe Gardens

Plant Centre

The Plant Centre is small, but full of healthy happy plants which are all seasonally selected and supplied using peat-free growing methods. Open daily from 11am-4pm and does not require gardens admission to enter.

Find out more
The Plant Centre at Hestercombe

Gift Shop

The Gift Shop is an essential stop on the Hestercombe trail. Inside you’ll find a treasure trove full of great gifts, garden items, locally sourced artisanal products and more (gardens admission required). Next door, the Second-hand Book Shop is a book-lovers paradise!

Gifts at Hestercombe
The Hestercombe Gift Shop

Admission

We are open daily (7 days a week), from 10am - 6pm (last entry 4.30pm). Admission includes entry to the gardens, Gallery, Gift Shop, Book Shop. The restaurant, café and plant centre are free to enter.

Prices

Valid from 31st March 2021

Adult £13.75*

Child (5 - 15 years) £6.90*

Child (Under 5 years) Free

Family Saver 1 (1 adult & up to 3 children) £21.00*

Family Saver 2 (2 adults & up to 3 children) £34.65*

Wheelchair User Half Price**

Tramper User Half Price** (please call us before you make a booking on 01823 413923)

*Includes voluntary contribution to enable us to claim Gift Aid. Please see our Tickets and Prices page for further information.

**Please read our accessibility webpage for further information to help you plan your visit.

How to find us

Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA2 6LQ

When visiting, use the postcode TA2 8LQ for your satnav, or ///fancy.arena.tanks for What3Words.

The route is marked out with brown daisy signs from the motorway all the way to Cheddon Fitzpaine.

Upon following the sign from Cheddon Fitzpaine, stay on the main road until you reach Hestercombe Gardens. Do not take a turn onto Hestercombe Road as this will take you to the farm and not to Hestercombe Gardens.

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