Hestercombe's gardens are now open for visits 7 days a week ~ but you must book a ticket online before you travel. Read our updated opening information
We are famous for our unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of history and design. Our Edwardian Formal Garden is hailed as one of the finest examples of the world-renowned partnership between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.
The estate has undergone acclaimed restoration works and continues to develop and grow, giving our visitors a stunning setting to explore, learn and relax.
Hestercombe has been accredited as part of Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ and the World Travel & Tourism Council's 'Safe Travels' schemes: we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, have a risk assessment in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.
We welcome groups and tours of any size to Hestercombe, and can tailor your experience in a number of different ways to suit your requirements.
Voted in the Top 50 Coach-Friendly UK Attractions, Hestercombe has fantastic facilities for your group. These include 50 acres of beautiful gardens from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to walk through and enjoy; a contemporary art gallery with a series of changing exhibitions; a second-hand book shop, gift shop and plant centre.
You can choose from two fantastic eateries when you visit Hestercombe. The Stables Café serves a wide selection of homemade cakes, hot and cold lunches, hot drinks and other refreshments (with a range of different dietary requirements catered for).
Our grand Column Room Restaurant overlooks the stunning Edwardian Garden, and offers sumptuous lunches, traditional and sparkling afternoon teas, cream teas and sandwich selections – all with one of the best views at Hestercombe.
You are more than welcome to spend your time here at your leisure, exploring the gardens at your own pace. However if you’d prefer more structure to your visit, we can work with you to provide a bespoke experience for your group.
We can offer:
Special rates are exclusive to group visits to Hestercombe, for parties of 15 or more.
These discounted rates apply provided that the group is pre-booked and pays with one single payment.
Please contact our Groups Coordinator, Caroline Mortimore, for further information and bookings.
Groups and tour visits to Hestercombe can enjoy a number of benefits:
Contact our Groups Coordinator Caroline Mortimore via email or call her on 01823 413923