Visits to the gardens, gallery and shops at Hestercombe must be pre-booked ~ Book your admission

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.

Hestercombe has been accredited as a Covid-safe venue by Visit Britain's Good to Go schemeVisit Hestercombe with peace of mind

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.

Please help us keep Hestercombe safe by wearing your face covering in the ticket office, house, toilets and shop. 


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

Important information

If you only wish to visit the Stables Café or the Plant Centre, you do not need to pre-book your visit.

If you wish to visit our landscape and formal gardens, as well as Hestercombe House (including the gallery, bookshop and gift shop), you need to pre-book your visit by clicking the green button above.

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

In order to visit the gardens (including Hestercombe House and Gallery) 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). Same day bookings are accepted.

Bookings are non-refundable, and non-transferable.

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.

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, and RHS membership cards are valid for entry from October to March. See the RHS website for further information. We no longer participate in the Historic Houses scheme.

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

Stables Cafe

The Stables Cafe has now reopened and can be visited with or without a gardens admission ticket; with seating available indoors, in the Courtyard, and outside on the Marquee Lawn. All food and drink is available to purchase on the day of your visit. Find out what’s on the menu.

Last entry to the Stables Cafe for visitors without gardens admission is 3.30pm.

Hestercombe House

Hestercombe House, including the Gallery, Bookshop and a new pop-up Gift Shop, is now open once more. Find out more about Hestercombe House reopening.


Dogs are very welcome on a lead throughout the gardens, plant centre, Stables Cafe, and Hestercombe House, including the secondhand bookshop and pop-up gift shop.

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 from Wednesday to Sunday each week (except Christmas Day).

Summer (until 25th October): 10am – 6pm, Wednesday to Sunday (last entry to the gardens at 3.30pm).

The Stables Cafe 
10am – 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Plant Centre
11am – 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday.

Both the Stables Cafe and Plant Centre are free to enter without booking gardens admission (last entry is 3.30pm)

Hestercombe House: Gallery, Pop-Up Gift Shop & Secondhand Book Shop
11am – 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday (gardens admission required).

See further information about making donations to the Bookshop.

The Column Room Restaurant
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,, 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.

Gift vouchers

Purchase a Hestercombe gift voucher for a loved on to spend on gardens admission, food and drink in the Stables Cafe, gifts in the gift shop, or plants from the plant centre.

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.