The Newt in Somerset

Partner Gardens

In addition to twelve months' unlimited access to The Newt, Members enjoy free entry to several prominent national and international gardens; including Blenheim, Chatsworth, Eden Project, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and our sister garden, Babylonstoren in South Africa.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Heligan is one of the most mysterious estates in England. Lost to the brambles of time since the outbreak of WW1, this Sleeping Beauty was re-awakened in 1990 to become Europe’s largest garden restoration project. Today, Heligan’s 200 acres are a paradise for wildlife, explorers, plant lovers and garden romantics.

Eden Project

From clay pit to earthly paradise, the Eden Project is an educational charity and global garden, famous for its massive covered Biomes. Explore rare and exotic tropical plants in the steamy Rainforest Biome, or embark on a journey through the landscapes of the world’s temperate regions – from South Africa to California to Australia – in the Mediterranean Biome. You will also discover 35 acres of delightful outdoor gardens, perfect for children to explore, with accessible pathways throughout.

Chatsworth

Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through sixteen generations of the Cavendish family. Renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.

Newt Members enjoy free entry to the gardens year-round, apart from the Christmas period of 6 November to 9 January inclusive.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. The year-round temporary exhibitions are set in the beautiful grounds of the Bretton Estate. With 500-acres of parkland and lakes, the 18th Century landscape is a striking backdrop for sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. The park is also the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man in its entirety.

Image: Henry Moore, Three Piece Reclining Figure No 1, 1961-2. Reproduced by Permission of The Henry Moore Foundation © Jonty Wilde

Blenheim

Blenheim Palace is one of the largest and grandest houses in England. It has been the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough for more than 300 years and is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Centuries in the making, its far-reaching gardens include the majestic Water Terraces, the Duke's Private Italian Garden, the tranquil Secret Garden, the new Churchill Memorial Garden and the delicate Rose Garden.

Trebah

Discover the magic of this beautiful 26 acre Cornish valley garden, with over four miles of footpaths. Explore under canopies bursting with exotic blooms and follow vibrant tunnels of colour that cascade down to a secluded beach on the Helford River. A garden for all seasons. In spring, Trebah comes alive with a colourful array of 100-year-old rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias. Come summer, the giant gunnera is a must see for young and old. With Autumn the Hydrangea Valley casts clouds of china blue and soft white across Mallard Pond. Finally, in winter the spectacular champion trees dominate the landscape, whilst plants from the southern hemisphere start to flower.

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

In a beautiful, sheltered valley overlooking St Michael’s Mount; the woods, stream and dramatic vistas provide the perfect setting for large-scale exotic and sub-tropical planting at Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens in Cornwall. Interwoven with the planting is an evolving programme of contemporary artwork by internationally renowned artists such as James Turrell, David Nash and Richard Long, who have interacted with the setting to create site-specific permanent works that harmonise with the landscape.

Tregothnan

'Tregothnan', meaning 'The House at the Head of the Valley' in Cornish, became a hotspot for botanical innovators due to its temperate climate moderated by the Atlantic Ocean, perfectly mimicking the high foothills of the Himalayas. The micro-climate supports an enormous range of rare plants and fruit trees. Take a private tour of the River Garden and you will venture through Europe’s largest tea gardens, the world famous rare Kea Plum orchards, a jungle garden that has been hidden for 25 years and ancient Cornish apple orchards.

Babylonstoren

The garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the historic Company’s Garden in Cape Town, which supplied sailing ships of the Dutch East India Company with fresh vegetables and fruit during the days when the Cape was a halfway station between Europe and Asia - but it also links back to the mythological hanging gardens of Babylon, which were, supposedly, created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.

The garden comprises 15 clusters spanning vegetable areas, stone and pome fruits, nuts, citrus, berries, bees, herbs, ducks and chickens, a prickly pear maze, and more. Gravity feeds water from a stream by rills into the garden, flowing through ponds planted with edible lotus, nymphaea lilies and waterblommetjies. Every one of the more than 300 varieties of plants in the garden is edible or has medicinal value. They are also grown as organically as possible and in a biologically sustainable manner. The fruit and vegetables from the garden are harvested all year round for use in two farm-to-fork restaurants.

Membership

Cost:

Adult £68

Joint Adult £118*

Children (0-16 yrs) free of charge when accompanied by an adult member

Local Membership £30**


The Newt in Somerset is a RHS Partner Garden. Members of the RHS can visit the Newt free of charge on Tuesdays.


*Available to two adults living at the same address

**Available to local residents living within postcodes BA4 6, BA7, BA9, BA10, BA22 7, or six miles from BA7 7NG, as the crow flies.****

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What's included:

  • 12 months’ unlimited access to the gardens, woodland and Deer Park.
  • 12 months’ unlimited access to The Story of Gardening, Beezantium, Roman Villa Experience, garden eateries, Farm Shop and House & Garden Shop.
  • Ability to purchase Member's Guest Day Passes for £18 (up to 6 passes on any given day).
  • Free entry for children (0-16yrs) when accompanied by an adult member.
  • Free twice-daily Garden Tours and twice-weekly Woodland Tours.
  • An annual programme of workshops and events.
  • Our digital newsletters ‘Newt News’ with all the latest from the estate.
  • A dedicated member's area of our website with a rich library of virtual workshops, masterclasses and broadcasts.
  • Exclusive member offers and treats at our online shop, all with free shipping anywhere in the UK.
  • Free entry to Partner Gardens, including; Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Eden project, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and more.

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