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Hestercombe Gardens

Closed Now: 10:00 - 18:00
Open today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Gorgeous expansive gardens

Hestercombe is a mix of formal gardens and woodland. It's a wonderful place to escape for a few... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rebecca H
A lovely place to visit

We enjoyed a half day at Hestercombe in a mixed generation group. There was plenty for 3 young... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
London, United Kingdom
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Based near Taunton in Somerset, Hestercombe House and Gardens features a unique combination of 300 years of garden design, a contemporary art gallery and award-winning visitor facilities. We’re a place where visitors can explore, learn and relax...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 18:00
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LG, England
+44 1823 413923
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 25 May 2015

I love taking the kids here, it is a great place to bring them as they can run and explore and we can make up fairy tales as we walk around. It is beautiful and the perfect length of walk. We just keep returning and...More

3  Thank Naomi B
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 September 2011

We were on holiday in Devon and had visited a number of NT properties and a few gardens and attractions. We travelled over 60 miles to see Hestercombe as it had been advertised extensively. What a complete con. A £9.50 entrance fee and the gardens...More

5  Thank carroll b
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Reviewed today via mobile

We went for the Christmas Market which was good but extremely busy - the grounds and gardens are scenic but much better when visited in Summer/Spring (have been before and its amazing) - garden not at their best in the Winter so a bit of...More

Thank TNel123
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hestercombe is a mix of formal gardens and woodland. It's a wonderful place to escape for a few hours. For families it is worth noting that it's really easy to get around with a pushchair and there is a small play area at the entrance....More

Thank Rebecca H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a half day at Hestercombe in a mixed generation group. There was plenty for 3 young children to do - wand making and a pumpkin trail. A nice short walk round Successive periods of garden design for someone with limited mobility and a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love this place to Pieces such a nice walk love taking my dogs there love going all the time so peaceful

Thank Climber11201630199
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whichever season you visit these gardens are always a delight. Fun activities for kids in school holidays.

Thank warmweathergirl37
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in the Spring about 4 years ago, and they were starting to put the gardens back to the original plans of Gertrude Jekyll. A bit disappointed as the gardens didn't seem to have made much progress. The rills were all blocked with leaves,...More

Thank Julie G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely gardens to walk around to suit all tastes. Lovely little hideaways to sit in dotted on the walks around the gardens. I would love to go again on a rainy day with a flask and sandwiches and sit in the Temple Arbour and watch...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I was given vouchers for a champagne afternoon tea at Hestercombe. We had an absolutely wonderful tea and highly recommend to anyone wanting a treat! Lovely gardens and fabulous food!

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

We spent a lovely day at Hestercombe Gardens, which we didn’t realise were so large. In addition to the formal gardens, Victorian & Edwardian, we simply got lost in the less formal areas and found such peace and quiet. We split the day with some...More

1  Thank nsday_utd
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

My husband and I visited here for the day, this place is beautiful and the walk around the grounds is amazing truly a beautiful place, the views of the surrounding area are breath taking,

Thank woodster1987
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9 October 2018|
Response from HestercombeGardens | Property representative |
Hi Janet, There's plenty for children to do here at Hestercombe. During school holidays (and throughout December) we put on fun, exploratory trails; at Christmas there are Father Christmas experiences and family theatre... More
9 October 2018|
Response from 307Jocelyn | Reviewed this property |
Space to run around, gift shop and refreshments /ice creams
Shane P
2 September 2018|
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Response from HestercombeGardens | Property representative |
Good afternoon, Hestercombe is an independent charity and therefore is not part of the National Trust. Kind Regards, Visitor Welcome Team
1 September 2017|
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Response from Jandave21 | Reviewed this property |
No they must be on a lead
15 August 2016|
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Response from stumpy42 | Reviewed this property |
Yes you have to pay, well worth a visit