All visits to Hestercombe must be booked by 5pm on the day before you plan to visit
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Visit Hestercombe

Hestercombe is an independent charity, all proceeds from garden admission, the shop, cafe, and events go directly towards the continued maintenance, restoration and development of Hestercombe.

Admission

Hestercombe is open from 10am – 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday (last entry to the gardens at 3.30pm).

Important information

Each Friday we open bookings for the following Wednesday to Sunday period.

In order to visit and before you travel here, all visitors (including members) must have pre-booked a timed slot and bring their booking confirmation email with them (as a print out, or on a phone). If you arrive without pre-booking a slot then you will be turned away.

If you are booking using a Microsoft (Hotmail, Live, Outlook) email address, you may not receive an email confirmation. In this case, when you have completed your booking, please note down your booking reference number, date and time of visit, and bring this along – a screenshot of your booking confirmation is also acceptable.

Historic Houses members, 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, Kilver Court, Forde Abbey and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens.

Hestercombe is an RHS Partner Garden, but RHS membership cards are only valid for entry from October to March. See the RHS website for further information.

Bookings are non-refundable, and non-transferable.

For more details about how we’re managing visits, please read our full re-opening information.

Stables Cafe

The Stables Cafe has now reopened, with seating available indoors, in the Courtyard, and outside on the Marquee Lawn. Food does not now need to be pre-ordered online when you book your visit, although you can still reserve some items. Find out what’s on the menu.

Admission Prices

  • Adult £13.30*
  • Child (5 ­- 15 years) £6.65*
  • Child (under 5 years) FREE
  • Family Saver 1 1 adult & up to 3 children) £20.00*
  • Family Saver 2 2 adults & up to 3 children) £33.00*
  • Wheelchair User HALF PRICE**
  • Admission for Tramper user HALF PRICE**

Tramper Mobility Scooter £6.00 (per 2 hour slot)
Ring ahead to book: 01823 413923 (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.

*Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% to assist with the continuing restoration of Hestercombe. If you donate and are a UK tax payer, it makes our whole payment eligible for Gift Aid (see below). If you do not wish this to be included please let our Ticket Office team know.

**Please read our accessibility guide for further information to help you plan your visit. Tickets for wheelchair and tramper users are only available to purchase on the day of your visit.

Opening Times

Hestercombe is open all year round, except Christmas Day.

We are now closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Gardens
Summer: 10am – 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday (last entry to the gardens at 3.30pm).

The Stables Cafe
10am – 5pm (all hot and cold food and drinks are available to purchase on the day)

Gardens Shop & Plant Centre
10am – 5pm (Plant Centre only)

Hestercombe House: Gallery & Secondhand Book Shop
Temporarily closed until further notice

The Column Room Restaurant (Wed – Sun)
Temporarily closed until further notice

Guided Audio 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). 

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.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and you make a Gift Aid donation when you enter of 10% more than the admission price, the government will give the 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 £12.00; Child £6.00; Family Savers £18.00 and £30.00.

Donate to us just by shopping online

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 restore Hestercombe’s estate for the benefit of future generations.

Other things you should know

  • Ample FREE parking
  • We’re dog friendly: dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens, shop, plant centre and Stables Café
  • Check our What’s On page to see what’s going on at Hestercombe when you visit

Groups and Tours

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

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 £39.50 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)
  • Three full colour members’ newsletters per year & regular email bulletins
  • Half price entry to our 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 £26.20 (only £2.18 per month via monthly Direct Debit). The upgrade must be made during the day of your visit.

Prices as of 1 December 2019.