Gardens to Visit in Somerset

Somerset is home to many outstanding gardens including several historic grade listed sites such as Forde Abbey, Hestercombe and Montacute House. The areas rich soils, mild climate and moderate rainfall provide excellent growing conditions.

Barrington Court

© National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Formal gardens influenced by Gertrude Jekyll. Divided into a series of individual garden rooms by walls and hedges, with pools, fountains and terraces.

Facilities: restaurant, parking, shop
Open: March to November
Address: TA19 0NO
Tel: 01460 241938 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/

Bristol Botanic Garden

Giant Water Lily 'Victoria amazonica' (ASP)

New botanic garden with contemporary collections of Mediterranean flora, rare native species, medicinal plants. Includes a large glasshouse full of tropical fruit and a giant Amazon waterlily.

Facilities:
Open: March to September
Address: Bristol BS9 1JG
Tel: 0117 331 4906
Web: bristol.ac.uk

Cannington

S. chamaecyperissus © Seasonal Gardening

Historic walled gardens, located within the grounds of a medieval priory. The garden enjoys a mixture of classic and contemporary features. There's lots to see and explore, including a Wildflower Meadow, an Australasian Garden and a ‘plants person’s’ garden.

Host to the National Collection of Deschampsia and Santolina.

Facilities: parking, tea rooms, shop
Open: all year, daily
Address: Cannington, Somerset TA5 2HA
Tel: 01278 655042
Web: canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk

Coleridge Cottage

© National Trust Images/Andreas von Einsiedel

Gardens of the romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who lived here from 1797-1800. Noted for its old English orchard, vegetable plot and wildflower meadows.

Facilities:
Open: April to September
Address: 35 Lime St, Nether Stowey TA5 1NQ
Tel: 01278 732662 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Clevedon Court

© National Trust Images/Rupert Truman

Medieval Manor house set in delightful Grade II listed gardens. The frontage features sweeping lawns and to the rear are a series of terraced gardens carved out of the hillside, which is topped by rich woodland.

Facilities: parking (nearby), refreshments
Open: April to September
Address: Tickenham Rd, Clevedon BS21 6QU
Tel: 01275 872257 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Cricket St Thomas

© Brian Robert Marshall (CC2)

Enjoy peaceful woodland and lakeside walks around magnificent gardens in the grounds of this fine manor house (run by Warner Hotels).

Facilities: parking, hotel accommodation
Open: May to September
Address: Chard, Somerset, TA20 4DD
Tel: 01460 30111
Web: warnerleisurehotels.co.uk

East Lambrook Manor

Galanthus elwesii © Seasonal Gardening

Informal cottage garden developed by the loved gardening expert Margery Fish. Highlights include a unique collection of snowdrops, with more than 80 different cultivars. Good show of hardy geraniums.

Facilities: parking, plant nursery, art gallery
Open: February to October
Address: near South Petherton TA13 5HH
Tel: 01460 240328
Web: eastlambrook.com

Hestercombe

Formal Garden © Roger Cornfoot (CC2)

Discover three centuries of acclaimed gardens, lovingly restored to their former glory. Over fifty acres of landscaped parkland with woodland, lakes, waterfalls, follies and temples, plus formal gardens and terraces. A veritable paradise in vivid colour with spectacular views. Regular events and activities held throughout the season, from summer fetes to butterfly walks.

Facilities: restaurant, picnic area, parking
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Cheddon Fitzpaine, Somerset TA2 8LG
Tel: 01823 413923
Web: hestercombe.com/

Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey by John Fowler

A former Cistercian monastery with extensive landscaped gardens that are some of the finest in the county. Features including a beautifully laid out kitchen garden with espaliered fruit trees, well stocked herbaceous borders, large lake and water fountain, extensive rock gardens and a colourful bog garden. Also a fine arboretum with many unusual and rare trees.

Facilities: parking, tea rooms, shop
Open: April to October
Address: Forde Abbey Estate, Chard TA20 4LU
Tel: 01460 220231
Web: fordeabbey.co.uk

Kilver Court

Kilver Court Gardens © Dmvward (CC3)

A charming stone viaduct provides a striking backdrop to these beautiful gardens, with a formal parterre, rockery, organic vegetable garden, herbaceous borders and a tranquil millpond.

Facilities: shops, cafe, restaurant,
Open: all year, daily
Address: Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5NF
Tel: 01749 340410
Web: kilvercourt.com

Lytes Cary Manor

© National Trust Images/Nick Meers

Charming medieval manor house set amidst one of the county's most enchanting gardens. Once home of herbalist Henry Lyte, the gardens are laid-out in an Arts & Crafts style, with a combination of garden rooms, topiary and herbaceous borders.

Facilities: parking, shop
Open: xx
Address: Kingsdon, Somerset TA11 7HU
Tel: 01458 224471 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk/

Montacute House

Entrance Drive © Seasonal Gardening

Palatial Tudor mansion surrounded by elegant formal gardens. Featuring a large collection of shrub roses, deep mixed borders and stately lawns, bordered by cloudy clipped hedges. The splendid entrance driveway is lined with irish yews backed by limes, oak and cedars. Walks and trails run through the wider estate and deer park. House also open to public (Mar to Oct only).

Facilities: restaurant, parking, gift shop
Open: all year
Address: Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP
Tel: 01935 823289 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Tintinhull House

© National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Managed by the acclaimed garden writer and expert Penelope Hobhouse. The handsome 17th-c manor house is set amidst two acres of exquisite gardens. With tranquil pools, fountains, colourful borders, orchards and woodland walks.

Facilities: parking, plant sales, tea room
Open: March to October
Address: Farm St, Tintinhull, Yeovil BA22 8PZ
Tel: 01935 823289 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Tyntesfield

Formal Gardens © Seasonal Gardening

Victorian country house and estate overlooking the beautiful Yeo valley. Spectacular 500 acres of landscaped grounds, including a formal garden, walled garden and extensive Woodland.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop, play area
Open:March to October
Address: Wraxall, Bristol BS48 1NX
Tel: 0844 800 4966 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk


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