Hestercombe House and Gardens is an award-winning historic gardens nestled in the heart of the Somerset countryside, just a few miles from Junction 25 on the M5.
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. Spend an afternoon wandering our 18th century Landscape Garden and its exotic follies, from waterfalls, lakes, temples and witch’s hut.
An independent charity, the Hestercombe estate has over the past 25 years undergone acclaimed restoration works and continues to develop and grow, giving our visitors a stunning setting to explore, learn and relax.
We welcome groups and tours of any size to Hestercombe. Voted in the Top 50 Coach-Friendly UK Attractions, Hestercombe has fantastic facilities on offer. These include fifty acres of beautiful gardens from the 1700s, 1800s and 1900s 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. For families, children will love exploring the wildlife and regular garden trails, our two play areas and children’s food from the café .
You can choose from two fantastic eateries when you visit Hestercombe. With full table service, the Stables Restaurant serves delicious homemade brunches, lunches and afternoon teas; with drinks, cakes, ice cream and light bites on offer from the courtyard café (gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, vegetarian and vegan options available).
Formerly the HQ of Somerset Fire Brigade, Hestercombe House is now the home of Hestercombe Gallery, showcasing the best in contemporary arts practice. The Gift Shop offers a great range of gifts to suit all tastes, and make sure you allow time to visit the Second-hand Book Shop - which contains possibly the most extensive collection of used books in the area.
We have a wide variety of events taking place throughout the year, from garden trails, workshops, outdoor theatre and summer late openings to punting, food and drink events and Christmas illuminations. Find out what’s on and book tickets at: www.hestercombe.com/whats-on
You are more than welcome to spend your time here at your leisure, exploring the gardens at your own pace. We estimate that a visit can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, depending on whether you take in a complete tour of the gardens, Hestercombe House and enjoy food.
● A beautiful and convenient location with ample free coach and car parking
● Easy, convenient lunch or tea stop – great free facilities, including a bright and airy courtyard, separate picnic area and toilets
● Full disabled access to the courtyard and partial disabled access through the gardens. A ‘Tramper’ mobility scooter is available to hire (NB this must be booked in advance by calling Visitor Reception)
● Gift Shop, Plant Centre, and Second-hand Book Shop
● Two children’s play areas
Tickets and prices
Please check the Hestercombe website for up-to-date prices, admission information and tickets before you travel. Family saver tickets are available, along with memberships at very good value.