Gardens & Historic Houses
South Somerset is blessed with a wide range of gardens from the quirky to the classic, small cottage gardens to large park lands, all waiting to be explored and inspire. Historic houses are around every corner as you travel through the area, many with important stories to tell.
The Bishop's Palace & Gardens
Explore 14 acres of beautiful gardens located in the heart of the historic city of Wells. Formal Dutch gardens and fine specimen trees with diverse and luxuriant borders, complete with restored 19th century picturesque style planting surrounding the Palace and the ruins of the Great Hall.
The National Garden Scheme
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,700 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities.
The Newt in Somerset
Travel through two thousand years of history as you walk in landscapes and gardens that breathe the past. Our gardens demonstrate a breadth of horticultural activities, celebrating the traditions of different eras using plants authentic to that time.
The Walled Gardens of Cannington
Fascinating gardens with a Grade 1 listed medieval priory backdrop. A mix of classic and modern features, including a ‘hot’ herbaceous border, sub-tropical walk and a national collection of deschampsia and santolina.
Treasurer's House (National Trust)
Completed in 1293, this medieval house includes a Great Hall, 15th century kitchen and an unusual wall painting. Note: Private home. Temporarily closed due to COVID restrictions. Please check website for updates.