Important Notice

Hestercombe will be closed on Monday 31st of January and Tuesday 1st February 2022 so our main driveway can be completely resurfaced. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Your visit to Hestercombe

Visitors to Hestercombe are no longer required to pre-book timeslots for admission to the gardens, house and Gallery. However, we do ask, in line with recent changes to law, that all visitors please wear a face covering inside our Gift Shop, Gallery and any other inside spaces.

Hestercombe is now a fully cashless venue ~ only payments by debit or credit card, contactless, Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted.

We are open daily (7 days a week), from 10am - 5pm (last entry 3:30pm).

If you have any questions about visiting, please contact our Visitor Reception team at info@hestercombe.com

Use the button below to book gardens admission online and save 10%.

Book admission online and save 10%

Opening Times

Christmas Opening Hours

This year, we will be closed on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day. It has been a very full-on year for our staff and we want them to have a rest and spend time with their loved ones.

Hestercombe will re-open its doors on 27th December and is open daily from 9am - 5pm (last entry at 3pm).


10am – 5pm, daily (last entry 3:30pm)

*Please note: when visiting, use the postcode TA2 8LQ for Sat Nav, or ///fancy.arena.tanks for What3Words.

The Stables & Caffè + Gelato

The Stables: open daily, 10am - 5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

Enjoy a menu of fresh, locally sourced food and drink including brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.

Reservations: call 01823 414197 between 10am - 5pm.

Caffè + Gelato: open Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm

Enjoy hot and cold drinks, cakes and delicious local gelato Baboo, as well as savoury and light bites. *Please note, from October, Caffè + Gelato will open on Saturdays and Sundays only.

Seating for Caffè + Gelato is available within the Plant Centre and Picnic Area. Both The Stables and Caffè + Gelato are free to enter.

Plant Centre

Daily, 10am – 5pm

The Plant Centre is free to enter.

Gift Shop & Second-hand Book Shop

Open daily 11am - 4pm

Gardens admission is required in order to visit the Gift Shop and Secondhand Book Shop.

Hestercombe House & Gallery

Open daily 11am - 4pm

Gardens admission is required in order to visit the Gallery. See what's coming up in the Gallery

Winter Opening Hours

Our winter opening hours will commence on Monday 1st November:

Gardens: 10am - 5pm (last entry 3.30pm)

House (includes Gallery, Bookshop, Shop): 11am - 4pm

The Stables: 10am – 5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

Caffè + Gelato: 10am – 5pm (weekends only)

Plant Centre: 10am - 5pm (pay for plants at the Visitor Reception or Stables)


Join the Hestercombe family and save money!

Enjoy unlimited access to the gardens for a year, plus a range of exclusive benefits, by joining as a Hestercombe member from as little as £3.46 per month. Find out more about membership

Day admission prices

Valid from 31st March 2021




5 - 15 years



Under 5 years


Family Saver 1

1 adult & up to 3 children


Family Saver 2

2 adults & up to 3 children


Wheelchair User

Half Price**

Admission for Tramper user

Please call us before you make a booking on 01823 413923

Half Price**

Everyone is Welcome at Hestercombe

We welcome everyone at Hestercombe, because everyone deserves to be treated equally: no hate, no prejudice, no discrimination. We are proud to be part of the LGBT Travel Club 'Everyone is Welcome' campaign.

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Visit Hestercombe with peace of mind

Hestercombe has been accredited as part of Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ and '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. Please help us keep Hestercombe safe by wearing your face covering around the Visitor Centre, including the Visitor Reception, Gift Shop and Art Gallery.

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Tramper Mobility Scooter £6.00 (per 2 hour slot)

Ring 01823 413923 or email ahead to book before booking an admission ticket (payment required to secure booking).

Tramper scheme operated by Countryside Mobility, non members of the scheme will be required to join for a fee of £2.50.

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

*Gift Aid

If you're a UK taxpayer and you make a Gift Aid donation when you enter of 10% more than the admission price, the UK Government will give Hestercombe Gardens Trust an extra 25% of the full admission price.

If you do not wish to make the donation, then please advise our ticket staff accordingly. Admission prices without a donation are: Adult £12.50; Child £6.25; Family Savers £19.00 and £31.50.


Dogs are very welcome on a lead throughout the gardens, Plant Centre, Stables restaurant and Caffe + Gelato, and parts of Hestercombe House, including the Second-hand Bookshop and Gift Shop (but not the Gallery).

A complimentary dog treat is provided upon arrival for Very Good Dogs.

Guided Tours

If you’re unable to get to Hestercombe for a visit, or if you’d like a guided tour when you get here, please download the Candide UK app.

Guided audio tours are available for free for both the Landscape Garden (with Chief Executive, Philip White), and the Formal Garden (with Head Gardener, Claire Greenslade).

Help us by shopping

Do you shop online at John Lewis, Amazon, eBay, Argos, Expedia, booking.com, Tesco or Sainsbury’s? By signing up to Give As You Live you can earn us charitable donations at no extra cost to yourself, and help us maintain and develop Hestercombe’s estate for the benefit of future generations.

Groups and Tours

Groups and tours enquiries are very welcome – please see our Groups information for further details of what we can offer you.

Have you visited recently?

If you’ve visited Hestercombe recently, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Please take a minute or two to share your feedback in our quick survey and help guide our future.

Important information

For details about how we’re managing visits, please read our Coronavirus information.

  • If you wish to visit the gardens, House, Gallery, Gift Shop or Second-hand Book Shop at Hestercombe, you will require gardens admission ~ from Monday 19th July you are able to turn up between 10am and 4.30pm to purchase same day gardens admission.
  • Visits to the Stables Restaurant, Caffe + Gelato and Plant Centre are free, and do not need to be booked.
  • Partner Gardens members and BBC Gardeners’ World offer-holders must bring their membership cards or vouchers with their booking references in order for their tickets to be valid. Our Partner Gardens are The Bishop’s Palace, Wells and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.
  • Hestercombe is an RHS Partner Garden, and RHS membership cards are valid for entry from 1st October to 31st March. See the RHS website for further information. We no longer participate in the Historic Houses scheme.

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 £41.50 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)
  • Two full colour members’ newsletters per year & regular email bulletins
  • Discounts on tickets to selected events at Hestercombe
  • Half price entry to our partner attractions:­ Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, and The Garden House.

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 £13.75 for adult entry, and upgrade to full adult single membership for an extra £27.75 (£2.31 by monthly Direct Debit). The upgrade must be made during the day of your visit. Prices correct as of 1st April 2021.

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The Victorian Terrace at Hestercombe, Somerset Gardens Photographer : Chris Lacey Sibyls Temple Hestercombe Gardens Pawel Borowski DJI 0945 2 Photographer : Pawel Borowski 529 A2599 Hestercombe House Hestercombe has been accredited as part of Visit Britain’s ‘Good to Go’ scheme: 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.

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