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Hestercombe Gardens

Famous for the unique collection of gardens which span three centuries of garden history and design, the Formal Garden is hailed as a fine example of the world-renowned partnership between designer Gertrude Jekyll and architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. Hestercombe House and Gardens has undergone acclaimed restoration works and continues to grow, giving visitors a stunning setting to explore and relax.

Where is Hestercombe Gardens located?

Hestercombe Gardens is located a few miles from the historic market town of Taunton, Somerset. It is easily accessible by car and coach from J25 of the M5. By train, you can reach Taunton in 30 minutes from Bristol, 75 minutes from Bath, 1hr 30 from Salisbury, and 1hr 45 from London Paddington. Taxis (with accessible services) are readily available from Taunton station when you arrive, or can be prebooked.

What style of garden is Hestercombe Gardens?

Experience 50 acres of quintessential Somerset gardens, near Taunton. Spanning three centuries of garden design, Hestercombe Gardens offer a unique combination and varied experience of the Georgian Landscape Garden (designed 1750s), the Victorian Shrubbery and the Edwardian Formal Gardens (early 1900s), featuring one of the finest examples of the collaboration between garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens.

What can guests enjoy at Hestercombe Gardens?

Guests can enjoy a vibrant contemporary art gallery, second-hand book shop, gift shop and plant centre. In the Stables Cafe sit amongst the old stables and enjoy a light, home made and locally sourced lunch or cake; and the Column Room Restaurant offers lunches, afternoon teas and Somerset cream teas overlooking the stunning Edwardian Formal Gardens. There is a varied events schedule, including music, art, gardening, workshops, family garden trails and more. Hestercombe offers information on accessibility: https://www.hestercombe.com/your-visit/accessibility/ Child / family friendly facilities, dog friendly (on short leads) across the gardens, cafe and shop.

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Dog/Pet friendly

Parking Available

Disabled Access

Facilities & information


Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly




Disabled Access

Guided Tours

Parking Available


Extra info

Garden Acreage: 50

Parkland Acreage: 100

Closed Times: Closed Christmas Day

Nearest Airport: Bristol Airport

Nearest Airport Time: 45 minutes

Nearest Airport Distance (in miles): 30

Nearest Train Station: 3

Nearest Railway Time: 5 minutes

Nearest Railway Distance: 3

Open Times: All year, Daily, 10am-6pm (last entry 4.30pm in summer, 3.30pm in winter)

Price Details: Adult £13.75, Child (5-15) £6.90, Child under 5 Free, Wheelchair users £6.25 (Helper Free). Includes a voluntary donation to assist with continuing restoration.

Mastercard: Yes

Visa: Yes

Arrival information and directions

Address: Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TauntonTA2 8LG, United Kingdom

Exit M5 from J25; Hestercombe is four miles from Taunton, signposted from all main roads with Tourist Information Daisy symbol.

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