Montacute House (National Trust)

Montacute House, Montacute, TA15 6XP

Montacute House (National Trust)


Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden and parkland, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Sir Edward Phelips was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

Come face to face with the past in the Long Gallery, which is the longest of its kind in England. The gallery houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery.

A beautiful garden surrounds Montacute House, constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk.

Gift shop. Cafe.

Explore the beautiful parkland beyond the boundaries of Montacute House and Garden. Dogs are very welcome but not allowed in the house or cafe. Click below for wonderful estate walks. 

Estate Walks

To avoid disappointment please book your visit to Montacute House in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. If you do not book admission cannot be guaranteed. 


Prices: Adult £10.00. Child £5.00. Family £25.00/£15.00. NT Members free.

Accessibility/ Disabled Access Information: 

The formal gardens are mainly topiary and lawn, with some mixed borders. They are mostly flat with some raised terraces and those that are flat are suitable for wheelchairs. Waymarked walks lead around the wider estate parkland, which include the large formal park and St. Michael’s Hill, the site of a Norman castle, and topped by an 18th century lookout tower. 

For detailed information about accessibility, please click the button. 




  • Parking On-Site Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings Group Bookings
  • Shop Shop
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Baby Changing Baby Changing
  • Coach Parking Coach Parking
  • Open All Year Open All Year
  • Picnic Area Picnic Area

Contact Details

Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset, United Kingdom, TA15 6XP

Open all year.

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