Hestercombe Gardens

In a nutshell

Acres of glorious landscape and formal gardens brimming with wildlife in Somerset. Lots of space to run around and plenty of interest for young visitors.


Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8LG

Contact details

Tel: 01823 413923

Web: www.hestercombe.com

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Science and Technology, Theatre and Entertainment

Suitable for

Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s

Price guide


(Family Saver - 2 adults & up to 3 children; includes voluntary donation)

Hestercombe Gardens details...

Hestercombe Gardens offers a fun family day out near Taunton in Somerset with plenty to interest a wide age range. With 50 acres of beautiful gardens, surrounded by countryside and endless fresh air, Hestercombe is the perfect place for families to discover together. So have fun in the natural play area in the Landscape Garden, spot wildflowers and butterflies at the meadow, paddle in the stream or play hide and seek around the gardens – or have a run around and go exploring!

A fantastic programme of family-friendly events runs throughout the year. Choose from wild crafts, trails, outdoor theatre, school holiday activities and more, in addition to regular indoor and outdoor art exhibitions at Hestercombe Gallery. Something for everyone to enjoy!

You will find plenty of food options for children. The Stables Restaurant serves a delicious range of homemade, locally sourced food; light bites, including sandwiches and baguettes, cake and yummy local ice cream, Baboo, are available from Caffè + Gelato, with plenty of space for buggies and high chairs. Both the café and restaurant are dog-friendly.

There are two play areas at Hestercombe. For under 7s, head up to the picnic area to find a handy spot at lunchtime or for one last play before you head home. This play area is kitted out with playhouses, a little slide and woodchip underfoot for a soft landing. Children of any age are welcome at our natural play area in the gardens, with den-making, stepping stone logs and noughts and crosses on offer.

Opening times

Gardens: open daily, 10am to 6pm; last entry 4.30pm (4pm in winter).

Stables Restaurant: 10am to 5pm (last orders 4.30pm)

Caffè + Gelato, Plant Centre: 10am to 5.30pm

Hestercombe House, Gallery, Gift Shop and Second-hand Book Shop: 11am to 5pm

Closed on Christmas Day


Adult £13.75*

Child (5-15 years old) £6.90*

Child (under 5) free

Family Saver (1 adult & up to 3 children) £21*

Family Saver (2 adults & up to 3 children) £34.65*

*Includes a voluntary donation of at least 10% to assist with the continuing restoration of Hestercombe. If you donate and are a UK tax payer, it makes the whole payment eligible for Gift Aid. If you do not wish this to be included please let the Visitor Reception team know.

Please see Hestercombe’s website to find out more.

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Hestercombe Gardens Events

Halloween Half-Term Family Fun at Hestercombe Gardens

Open 23rd October 2021 - 31st October 2021

Barmy Bats Trail, spooky science, creepy crawlies and more! Check out the programme of family events at Hestercombe near Taunton this October half term.

The Artist’s Apprentice Trail at Hestercombe

Open 17th May 2021 - 31st October 2021

Take your young artists to colour in their own masterpiece as they explore this fun, art-filled trail at Hestercombe from 17th May until 31st October 2021.

ILLUMINATE: Christmas Illuminations at Hestercombe

Open 27th November 2021 - 2nd January 2022

Take the whole family to enjoy the colourful illuminated trail at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset on selected dates from 27th November to 2nd January.

Father Christmas at Hestercombe

Open 4th December 2021 - 24th December 2021

Wander through the wintery landscape to meet Father Christmas in his lovely little garden folly at Hestercombe in Somerset on selected dates this December.

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We recommend you always check COVID-secure measures before you travel and note changes to booking requirements. We hope you and your children enjoy wonderful and safe days out this autumn.