Somerset enjoys many gardens and parklands – here are some suggestions.

The National Trust have some really nice gardens, parklands and walks.

We have enjoyed Tyntesfield and Montacute and have heard a lot from guests about Yeo Valley Organic Gardens.

Scroll down for some other suggestions.


Lose yourself in fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, tranquil woodland walks, formal terraces, vivid colours and views that take your breath away

Prior Park in Bath (National Trust)

One of only four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed at Prior Park, which was created in the 18th century by local entrepreneur Ralph Allen, with advice from ‘Capability’ Brown and the poet Alexander Pope.

The garden is set in a sweeping valley where visitors can enjoy magnificent views of Bath. Restoration of the ‘Wilderness’ has reinstated the Serpentine Lake, Cascade and Cabinet.

A five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six-mile circular route encompassing beautiful woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th-century follies and spectacular views.


Tyntesfield (National Trust)

Relatively unchanged since 1900, the gardens at Tyntesfield are widely varied, ranging from large open lawns and formal terraces, to a historic Orangery and working Kitchen Garden.

With seasonal planting throughout the year and numerous paths to follow, there’s always something new to see.

The Walled Gardens of Cannington

these gardens lie within the grounds of a medieval priory and many of its fine buildings, including the walls, remain. Having undergone extensive redevelopment, the Gardens were officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward.


Since then they have been accredited as a ‘quality assured visitor attraction’ by VisitEngland and named as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) partner garden. The Gardens are home to a Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® of Deschampsia and Santolina. All are displayed in a modern prairie style planting in our Collections Garden.

Tea shop on site

Montacute (National Trust)

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden, it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Extensive parklands surround the House.

The town square has a coupe of nice pubs.

Yeo Valley Organic Gardens

Alongside our farms and staff canteen, we have an organic garden that’s open to visitors. It’s six and a half acres of ornamental and edible plants in a seasonal patchwork that we’ve been constantly evolving since we started more than 18 years ago.

Come along and see it for yourself, and pop into our café while you’re here.

Closed in winter – check opening dates and times on the Yeo Valley web site – The Organic Garden.

Bishops Palace in Wells

A day trip to Wells on a Saturday or Wednesday morning will allow you to see Wells Cathedral, the Bishops Palace (gardens, rooms and ruins), plus the twice weekly street Market.  All allow dogs.

Milton Lodge Gardens near Wells

The garden at Milton Lodge was conceived about 1900 by Mr Charles Tudway, the present owner’s great grandfather.

During the first ten years of the 20th Century the sloping ground was transformed into the existing series of architectural terraces, specifically to capitalise on the glorious views of the Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon.

The Newt in Somerset

The Estate is a haven of tranquility. With cultivated gardens to inspire, ancient woodland to explore, cherished wildlife to behold, and an abundance of fresh produce to enjoy.

“Fresh air and open spaces are more important than ever for our wellbeing, and our land continues to provide a safe place to exercise and shop for essentials. Due to national lockdown restrictions, we are only open to those living in our local area and ask that you do not travel far to see us.

Visitors must obtain a Garden Membership ahead of visiting, to help reduce queues at the Gatehouse and maintain social distancing. Snacks are available from the Cyder Bar and we will be serving picnics from 8 March – which you can order well before you arrive, and collect at your preferred time.  “