The Newt in Somerset

Great Garden Escape

Run away this summer to experience all things Somerset on this unique day trip. 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 a picturesque afternoon tea, as the miles fly by and we return you to the city.

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What's Included?


Running Friday and Saturday from 6 May to 24 September 2022

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 £335pp for adults, £260pp 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.


  • Meet & Greet at Paddington Station, First-Class Lounge, Platform 1 at 0830hrs
  • Train departs from Paddington Station at 0902hrs/0904hrs*
  • Breakfast on board at leisure
  • Train arrives at Castle Cary Station at 1025hrs*
  • Transfer
  • Welcome and refreshments at 1050hrs
  • Garden Tour at 1055hrs
  • Lunch in The Garden Café at 1215hrs
  • Exploration & Shopping at 1345hrs
  • Cyder Tour & Tasting at 1445hrs
  • Transfer
  • Train departs Castle Cary Station at 1600hrs/1628hrs*
  • Afternoon Tea onboard at leisure
  • Train arrives at Paddington Station 1729hrs/1809hrs*
  • Fond farewells

*Friday/Saturday times. Please note, Great Garden Escape operates within the constraints of the National Rail network and timings may be subject to change.

Dig In

Arrive hungry! Your ticket to escape includes all meals, drinks and experiences throughout the day. From a fresh estate breakfast when you set foot on the train, to lunch in the glass-walled Garden Café overlooking the gardens, and a private tasting in our Cyder Cellar. For the return journey to London, our bakers have prepared an afternoon tea complete with lashings of West Country clotted cream. Find out more about what's included in your ticket.

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.

Explore the Estate

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

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