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.
Visit South Somerset - Gardens & Historic Houses
Stoke sub Hamdon Priory
14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priest's residence. The priests who lived here served the Chapel of St Nicholas (now destroyed).
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.
Tintinhull Garden (National Trust)
Secluded and harmonious, this exquisite garden was the vision of one remarkable woman: Phyllis Reiss.
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.
Yeo Valley Organic Garden
Organic garden of 6 and a half acres if Soil Association certified ornamental and edible plants in a seasonal patchwork. A strong emphasis on confident planting and quirky fun. Cafe.