Barrington Court

barrington court front viewBeautiful Tudor manor house built in 16th-c in mellow Ham Hill stone, with magnificent gabled frontage, rising to a host of fine spiral chimney stacks. Formal gardens by Gertrude Jekyll, set on three sides and divided into garden rooms by walls and hedges, with pools and terraces. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar~Sep daily (ex Wed), 11am to 5pm; Oct~Nov, Thu-Tue 11am to 4.30pm Admission Charge*
Location: TA19 0NO - Tel: 01460 241938 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, shop
Image Credit: Ken Grainger (CCL)

Clevedon Court

clevedon court front viewThe Elton family regularly entertained the rich and famous at their great house of Clevedon Court over the centuries. The core of the house was built around 1320 and is one of the few surviving great manor houses of the period. Updated over the centuries, the property is a pleasing variety of styles. The fine great hall has exceptional 14th-c windows and contains a collection of Eltonware pottery and Nailsea glass. The house is set in delightful terraced gardens. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Apr-Sep, Wed-Thu, Sun & BH Mon 2pm to 5pm. Admission Charge*
Location: Tickenham Rd, Clevedon, Somerset, BS21 6QU - Tel: 01275 872257 - Website
Facilities: free parking (40 metres), refreshments
Image Credit: Donnylad (CCL)

Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens

Enjoy peaceful woodland walks and magnificent gardens in the grounds of this beautiful manor house (hotel).

Opening times: May~Sept, daily, 10am to 5pm Admission Charge
Location: Cricket St Thomas Hotel, Chard, Somerset, TA20 4DD - 01460 30111 - Website
Facilities: parking, hotel accommodation

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

Snowdrops in bloomCottage style gardens laid out by Margery Fish. Unique collection of snowdrops and hardy geraniums.

Opening times: Feb, May & Jun daily, Mar~Apr & Jul~Oct, Tue-Sat & BH, 10am to 5pm. Admission Charge
Location: TA13 5HH - Tel: 01460 240328
Facilities: parking, plant nursery, art gallery


Formal Gardens at HestercombeDiscover three centuries of acclaimed gardens, lovingly restored to their former glory. Explore over fifty acres of landscaped parkland, lakes, waterfalls, follies, temples, woodland, 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.

Opening times: all year, daily from 10am (closed Xmas). Admission Charge
Location: Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG - Tel: 01823 413923 - Website
Facilities: Tea room, restaurant, picnic areas, children's play area, parking. Dogs on leads welcome.
Image Credit: Roger Cornfoot (CC2)

Kilver Court

Kilver Court Gardens Kilver Court Gardens in Somerset is the perfect day out for those looking to explore a little known treasure. As seen on BBC Gardeners’ World, the 3.5 acre garden is set against a 15 metre high, 19th Century viaduct, providing an impressive architectural backdrop to the already stunning gardens. Highlights of our garden include: a reproduction of George Whitelegg's Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery, parterre, organic vegetable garden, a mill pond and new in 2017 is our 100m colourist herbaceous border.

Opening times: April to October - Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm | November to March - Monday to Sunday - 10am to 4.30pm | Sundays & Bank Holiday - 10am to 4.30pm - Admission Charge
Location: Kilver Street, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 5NF - Tel: 01749 340410
Facilities: parking, restaurant, shopping, café

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary ManorCharming medieval manor house, great hall and chapel set amidst enchanting gardens. One time home of herbalist Henry Lyte, the gardens are of an Arts & Crafts style, with a combination of garden rooms, topiary and herbaceous borders.
Run by National Trust*

Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge*
Location: Kingsdon, Somerset, TA11 7HU - Tel: 01458 224471
Facilities: parking, shop
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Nick Meers


Tyntesfield front viewVictorian country house and estate overlooking the beautiful Yeo valley. A Gothic revival extravaganza, bristling with towers and turrets. Surrounded by 500 acres of landscaped grounds, including a formal garden, walled garden and extensive Woodlands. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: vary, see website for details Admission Charge*
Location: Wraxall, Bristol, North Somerset, BS48 1NX - Tel: 0844 800 4966
Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop, exhibition space, home farm visitor centre, children's play area

King John's Hunting Lodge

Despite its name, this early 16th-c Tudor timber-framed dwelling is not a hunting lodge and was not owned by King John! Today this well preserved merchant's dwelling houses a museum of local history (Axbridge & District Trust), including many fine paintings and old photographs. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar-Sep, daily 1pm to 4pm Admission Charge*
Location: The Square, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2AP - Tel: 01934 732012 - Website
Facilities: parking, gift shop

Forde Abbey

This graceful and historic mansion has one of the loveliest gardens in south west England, covering some 30 acres. Including a lake, colourful bog garden, walled kitchen garden, rock garden, rich herbaceous borders and England's highest powered water fountain. The 12th-c house contains rich period furnishings, tapestries, beautifully decorated plaster ceilings and fine artwork.

Opening times: Gardens: daily 10am to 4.30pm, House: Apr-Oct, Tue-Fri Admission Charge
Location: Chard, Somerset, TA20 4LU - Tel: 01460 221290 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, shop

Tintinhull Garden

Tintinhull GardensHandsome 17th-c manor house, with magnificent Queen Anne facade, set in two acres of beautiful gardens. With tranquil pools and colourful borders, orchards and woodland walks.
Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar~Oct, Wed-Sun & BH Mons, 11 am to 5 pm Admission Charge
Location: Farm St, Tintinhull, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8PZ - Tel: 01935 823289
Facilities: parking, plant sales, tea room
Image Credit: © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Montacute House

Montacute House front entrance Grand three storey Elizabethan mansion, built in 1597 by Sir Edward Phelips, a successful lawyer and House of Commons Speaker. Surrounded by formal gardens and used as the setting for many films, including Sense and Sensibility (1995). Its impressive interior is filled grand architectural features. Most impressive of all is the 172 ft Long Gallery, on the top floor, lined with portraits from the Tudor and Jacobean era. Run by National Trust*

Opening times: Mar~Oct, Wed-Mon, 11am to 5pm Admission Charge*
Location: Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP - Tel: 01935 823289 - Website
Facilities: licensed restaurant, parking, gift shop

Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.


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