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

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Toilets
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
Bishop's Palace and Gardens, Wells, BA5 2PD

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.

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The National Garden Scheme

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Family friendly
East Wing, Hatchlands Park, Guildford, GU4 7RT

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.

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The Newt in Somerset

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Parking On-Site
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Disabled Access
  • Group Bookings
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Baby Changing
  • Coach Parking
  • Open All Year
  • Partial Disabled Access
The Newt in Somerset, Bruton, BA7 7NG

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.

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The Walled Gardens of Cannington

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Cafe/ Restaurant
  • Family friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Shop
  • Toilets
The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Nr Bridgwater, TA5 2HA

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.

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Tintinhull Garden (National Trust)

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Parking On-Site
  • Family friendly
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Toilets
  • Partial Disabled Access
Tintinhull Garden, Nr Yeovil, BA22 8PZ

Secluded and harmonious, this exquisite garden was the vision of one remarkable woman: Phyllis Reiss.

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Treasurer's House (National Trust)

Gardens & Historic Houses
  • Family friendly
  • Partial Disabled Access
Treasurer's House, Martock, TA12 6JL

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.

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