As a member of The Garden House we offer free or discounted entry to four Partner Gardens
Mawnan Smith, Nr Falmouth, Cornwall
Trebah is a sub-tropical paradise with a beautiful coastal backdrop, set within one of Cornwall’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the result of nearly 200 years of inspired and dedicated creation.
Discover the magic of this beautiful valley garden with more than four miles of footpaths. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms. Follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the idyllic Helford River. More details: https://www.trebahgarden.co.uk
Free Entry to Trebah with The Garden House membership
Coleton Fishacre (National Trust)
A 1920s country retreat complete with luxuriant garden by the sea. At the country home of the D’Oyly Carte family you can travel back in time to the Jazz Age.
This most evocative of country homes was built in the Arts & Crafts style, and is imbued with Art Deco elegance. A light, joyful atmosphere fills the rooms, and music plays, echoing the family’s Gilbert and Sullivan connections. You can get an insight into 1920s life ‘upstairs and downstairs’ from the glamorous Saloon and the airy servants’ rooms.
In the RHS accredited garden, viewpoints give enticing glimpses out to sea, paths weave through glades past tranquil ponds, and tender plants from the Mediterranean, South Africa and New Zealand thrive in the moist and sheltered valley. More details: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/coleton-fishacre
Free Entry to Coleton with The Garden House membership
Hestercombe House and Garden
Over 50 glorious acres and three centuries of garden design. Based near Taunton in Somerset, Hestercombe House and Gardens features a unique combination of 300 years of garden design, a contemporary art gallery and award-winning visitor facilities. The Gardens include Coplestone Warre Bampfylde’s Georgian landscape garden, the Victorian terrace and shrubbery and the beautiful Edwardian garden design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. All have undergone restoration and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. As part of your visit, relax in the warm and welcoming Stables Cafe or Hestercombe Gallery presents the best in contemporary art exhibitions whilst focusing on the relationship between art and landscape.
50% Discounted Entry to Hestercombe with The Garden House membership
The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens in Wells dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew. Although home to the Bishop and other families, visitors can now walk in the footsteps of those past Bishops through a number of rooms within the Palace and the 14 acres of outstanding RHS Partner gardens, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name.
Visitors are also welcome to look around the Bishop’s private Chapel and explore the ruined Great Hall. The moat has been home to mute swans since the 1800s. The tradition of swans on the moat at The Bishop’s Palace is thought to go back to the 1850’s when it is likely that a Bishop’s daughter first taught the swans to ring a bell at the Gatehouse for food. There are now two swan bells – one just beneath the window on the left of the Gatehouse, the other to the right – both with a rope hanging down for the swans to pull.
The Palace and Gardens are open daily from 10am until 4pm in winter and 9.30am – 6pm in summer although there may be restricted access due to events and activities taking place (check the website for details). There are toilets (including accessible) on site. Garden House members get into Bishops Palace half price.
The Bishop’s Table café is open daily serving delicious, locally sourced homemade food and some of the best coffee and cake you’ll find in Wells. And a full programme of family events, garden workshops, open air theatre, guided tours (included with admission) mean The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens is the perfect year-round destination for all the family!
50% Discounted Entry to Bishop’s Palace & Gardens, with The Garden House membership
Dartington Hall and Gardens
Experience a sense of tranquillity at Dartington’s impressive 26 acres of Grade II* listed gardens, which have been shaped by its remarkable custodians for over 1,000 years. Located on the outskirts of Totnes in Devon, the Gardens at the centre of this medieval estate feature an herbaceous Sunny Border, several champion trees, an incredible magnolia collection, a Japanese garden and a Henry Moore sculpture which was designed specifically for Dartington. An area of note is also the Nectar Garden, which was planted in 2022 as part of a 90-year legacy campaign to celebrate the work of Pioneer Landscape Architect Beatrix Farrand, who re-designed many areas of the gardens in the 1930s. A wonderful example of formal and wild, the gardens are a true haven for those seeking a peaceful escape with impressive vistas. A children’s activity trail can also be explored within the gardens for young adventurers. Enjoy a full day at Dartington with our cafés, restaurants, a playground, wider estate walks, cinema, shops and accommodation, with on-site pay for parking available too.
The gardens are open daily from 9am – 5pm (check website for details). Dartington offers Garden House members half price entry upon arrival. Simply show your member card at the welcome centre shop when you arrive, however please note no dogs are allowed in the formal gardens (assistance dogs are accepted).
50% Discounted Entry to Dartington Hall and Gardens, with The Garden House membership