The Newt in Somerset

Great Garden Escape

Run away next summer and experience all things Somerset. From May 2022 we will be embarking on a First Class adventure, whisking you from London Paddington to the heart of the West Country. Explore picturesque gardens and ancient woodland, discover the art of cyder making and enjoy the finest fare plucked from the soil beneath your feet. Finally, relax back into your seat and savour afternoon tea fresh from the Bakery, as the miles fly by and we return you to the city.

gge train

All Aboard


Running Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays

The Great Garden Escape ticket includes First Class return travel from London Paddington to The Newt in Somerset; guided tours, talks and tastings; meals from breakfast through to afternoon tea; plus 12-month Garden Membership (for a return visit under one’s own steam!)

Ticket price £295pp for adults, £225pp for children (ages 5-15)

Group bookings and exclusive use are available, with the option to tailor your escape with seasonal workshops and bespoke experiences.

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  • Paddington Station at 0830hrs
  • Meet & Greet at First Class Victoria Lounge
  • Train departs from Paddington Station at 0904hrs/0851hrs*
  • Breakfast onboard
  • Train arrives at Castle Cary Station at 1025hrs/1023hrs*
  • Transfer to The Newt
  • Welcome and refreshments
  • Garden Tour and Marl Pit Walk
  • The Story of Gardening
  • Lunch at Garden Café
  • Exploration and shopping
  • Cyder Tour & Tasting
  • Transfer to Castle Cary Station
  • Train departs from Castle Cary Station at 1628hrs/1624hrs*
  • Afternoon Tea onboard
  • Train arrives at Paddington Station at 1809/1806hrs*
  • Fond farewell

    *Example timimg from Saturday/Sunday trains for 2021 season.

Explore the Gardens

Mixing ornamental and productive elements, our gardens are a feast for the eyes and stomach. We share the land with a host of wildlife; you may spot native deer promenading in the woods or Great Crested newts bathing in the ponds.

What's On...

Inspired by the land beneath our feet and the history and tradition of Somerset, we run a seasonal programme of workshops and events. The weekly Journal explores the activities, people and things that excite us. Join us in the garden, tune in digitally, follow Newt News or visit the shop to discover something new.

Explore the Estate

Stay a little longer and enjoy all The Newt has to offer.

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