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Gardens to visit in Somerset

There are many beautiful gardens to visit in Somerset. By staying at the Swan Hotel in Wells, you will be perfectly placed to enjoy the vast majority. Some of the best gardens to visit in Somerset include:

Barrington Court Garden
Barrington Court Garden is a National Trust gem. The garden is divided into several sections. Eye catching pergolas support climbers like wisteria, clematis and honeysuckle. You can also find stunning displays of sweetpeas as well as an impressive large kitchen garden.

Bishops Palace and Gardens
At the Bishop’s Palace, you will discover 14 acres of stunning tranquil garden hidden within ancient ramparts and protected by the Medieval Palace moat. The gardens today have Grade II listed garden status thanks to the special historic nature of the site.

Gardens to visit in Somerset bishops palace

Claverton Manor Gardens, Bath
A wide range of North American trees and shrubs are featured at Claverton Manor as well as exciting tree trails.  The Lewis and Clark tree trail shows some of the trees that were discovered on their travels over 200 years ago. These gardens are well worth visiting if combined with a trip to the American museum.

Cothay Manor Garden
Cothay Manor Gardenis located by the River Tone and covers approximately 12 acres. Designed in the 1920s by R Cooper, it is divided into many garden rooms with surprise pools and hideaways. These are all surrounded by beautifully manicured yew tree hedging. Many of the plants have been added by the present owners. Don’t miss the wild flower meadow to the side.

Gardens to visit in Somerset cothay manor

Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle was the home of the Luttrell family for 600 years. Renowned for its famous lemon tree, Arbutus, Camellias, mimosa and Sequoia. You will discover a fine border of rare shrubs near the keep and an impressive variety of sub-tropical plants close to the river. Set in 28 acres of parkland.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton
A beautiful English cottage garden with hardly a straight line anywhere covering just under two acres. The Grade 1 listed garden is packed with rare and unusual plants. You’ll find one of the best collection of hardy geraniums in the country.

Gardens to visit in Somerset East Lambrook

A great garden to visit in all seasons with snowdrops in February.

Forde Abbey & Gardens
Forde Abbey & Gardens feature 30 acres of world famous garden hidden away in South Somerset. Developed in the 1800s, it has continued to evolve, so there is a lot to discover from spring bulbs, herbaceous borders, an amazing bog garden, arboretum, to lakes and a working kitchen garden.

Gardens to visit in Somerset Forde Abbey

Hestercombe Gardens
Hestercombe boasts beautiful formal gardens and 3 centuries of garden history. The idyllic 40 acre Georgian grounds have been sympathetically and meticulously restored. Today, they provide delightful woodland walks, lakeside views, classical temples and the Great Cascade.

Gardens to visit in Somerset Hestercombe

Kilver Court Garden, Shepton Mallet
A millpond and ornamental boating lake that was created over 100 years ago feature among the highlights of Kilver Court Gardens. Also, there is an impressive reproduction of George Whitelegg’s Chelsea Gold Medal winning rockery and a formal parterre created by Roger Saul (Mulberry founder). The gardens lie in front of an historic Viaduct, offering a wonderful backdrop to the gardens.
The most recent addition is a new garden nursery which boasts an unusual selection of alpine, herbaceous and subtropical plants.

Lytes Cary Manor
There is lots to see at Lytes Cary. The borders are planted with mixed shrubs, perennials and delightful roses. Hidden paths are enclosed by tall hedges and fine topiary. Beyond  a formal orchard, lie open lawns and statues which take you to a shady tunnel of hornbeam and also a secret garden not to be missed.

Montacute House & Gardens
The gardens at Montacute are formal and are made up of a superb collection of roses, mixed borders and famous wobbly hedges. There are picturesque walks leading around the wider estate, which take in St Michael’s Hill.
Montacute House has been featured in the BBC Drama Wolf Hall.

Gardens to visit in Somerset Montacute

Prior Park Landscape Gardens, Bath
Prior Park Landscape Garden lies in a beautiful setting and was created by local business man Ralph Allan in the 1700s. You can enjoy stunning views of the city and the centre piece is a lake divided into two by a grand palladian bridge. The garden is worth a visit any time of year.

Tintinhull House & Garden
Tintinhull House Garden was designed by Mrs Phyllis Reiss, and is split into 7 rooms by clipped yew hedges and walls. Each garden room has its own character although they do complement each other as a whole. The garden opens out into a fountain garden, pool garden and a traditional garden with eye catching borders. There is also a kitchen garden and an orchard close by.

Tyntesfield Garden
The Tyntesfield Garden has been restored by the National Trust and this work is ongoing. One of the many highlights is an arboretum called The Paradise with tall towering trees.

At the side of the house, you’ll find a path between topiary shaped holly bushes and there is a rose garden bordered by 2 summer houses. At the front of the house there are terraces which are planted in the Spring and Summer, however the walled garden is set away from the house which was common in the 19th century)