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
To keep both staff and visitors safe, on arrival you must have your booking reference ready before entering the Visitor Reception.
We are delighted to announce that Hestercombe is now fully open for visits from members and non-members. Bookings must be made via the 'Book your visit' button below before arriving.
We are now open daily (7 days a week), from 10am - 6pm (last entry 4.30pm).
Tickets will be released every fortnight on a Friday morning (Fridays 23rd April, 7th May, 21st May and so on).
Daily throughout the Easter school holidays, our chefs will be serving tasty, daily-changing food, including wood-fired pizzas, low'n'slow wood-fired meats, Somerset deli selection, gourmet topped hot dogs and more. Find out what's on the menu (gardens admission required).
Hestercombe is open daily ~ you must book a ticket online before you arrive. Please see our Coronavirus updates page for more information.
10am – 6pm, daily (last entry 4.30pm)
Reopening 17th May for indoor service. In the meantime, a limited range of takeaway food and drink is available from a pop-up stall outside the south doors of the Bampfylde Hall (access via the gardens).
PLUS: daily throughout the Easter school holidays, our chefs will be serving tasty, daily-changing home-made takeaway food. Find out what's on the menu
You must pre-book gardens admission in order to enjoy takeaway food and drink; seating in the Courtyard, Marquee Lawn and Picnic Area has been removed under lockdown rules.
Daily, 11am – 4pm
You must pre-book gardens admission in order to visit the Plant Centre (pay for plants in the Café).
Open daily 11am - 5pm
You must pre-book gardens admission in order to visit the Gift Shop and Secondhand Book Shop.
Reopening Monday 17th May
Temporarily closed until further notice.
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 in all areas of the Visitor Centre, including the Visitor Reception, Stables Cafe and Plant Centre.
Please note: these prices are valid for entry 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
Admission for Tramper user
Please call us before you make an online booking, on 01823 413923
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.
If you're 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 £12.50; Child £6.25; Family Savers £19.00 and £31.50.
Dogs are very welcome on a lead throughout the gardens, Plant Centre, Stables Café, and parts of Hestercombe House, including the Second-hand Bookshop and pop-up Gift Shop (but not the Gallery).
A complimentary dog treat is provided upon arrival for very good dogs.
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).
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.
Groups and tours enquiries are very welcome – please see our Groups information for further details of what we can offer you.
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.
For details about how we’re managing visits, please read our Coronavirus information.
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.
Give a Gift of Membership to friends and family and they too can enjoy all the benefits of membership.
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.See Membership Options