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.
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*
- 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
- 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.
Seasonal Specials & More
Your ticket to escape includes all meals, drinks and experiences throughout the day. NEW for 2022, we’re also hosting Seasonal Specials throughout the Great Garden Escape season - digging deeper into some of the topics that shape what we do and offering a unique opportunity to explore the estate with our experts, with bespoke itineraries, menus and a few surprises along the way. Discover ‘Bees & Honey’ on 29 & 30 July; 'History & Heritage' on 19 & 20 August and for the grand finale, 'Harvest' on 23 & 24 September. 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.