The Newt in Somerset

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Membership is required to visit The Newt in Somerset. Annual membership is open to everyone, offering unlimited access to the garden, restaurants and attractions for 12 months.

The Newt Membership

Just like nature, The Newt in Somerset changes throughout the seasons. Membership is your ticket to enjoy everything we offer, from estate-led menus to workshops and seasonal events; Garden Day in spring, Garden Lates in summer, Harvest and Apple Day come autumn, and enchanted trails in winter.

Membership provides unlimited access for 12 months, allowing you to explore the gardens, woodland and exhibitions throughout the year. We have partnered with the Candide Gardening App to provide you with a paperless membership and host of additional features. Our members are the first to hear about workshops, events and new attractions, and receive exclusive offers, invitations and free shipping from our online store. We welcome families and love the sound of children delighting in the garden, and those with accessibility issues will find highlighted routes around the grounds.



Adult £48

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


What's included:

  • 12 months’ unlimited access to the gardens, woodland and Deer Park.
  • 12 months’ unlimited access to The Story of Gardening, garden eateries, Farm Shop and House & Garden Shop.
  • Ability to purchase Member's Guest Day Passes for £15 (up to 6 passes on any given day).
  • Free entry for children (0-16yrs) when accompanied by an adult member.
  • The Candide app with its gardening community and host of useful interactive features to enhance your visit.
  • 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.
  • Free entry to national partner gardens Blenheim Palace and Chatsworth House, and sister garden Babylonstoren in South Africa
  • 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.

Candide is a buzzing hub of inspiration, knowledge and plants for gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Whether it’s houseplants, veg, or borders brimming with perennials that ignite your gardening passion or you just want to visit a garden for the day, Candide aims to be the most useful gardening tool you’ll have in your pocket. Candide is a ‘growing’ movement that encourages us all to reconnect with nature, wildlife and share our united love of plants..


Stay With Us

Breathe a bit deeper and move a bit slower, relax and reset at Hadspen House or the Farmyard

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How to Get Here

Physical Address

The Newt in Somerset
Somerset BA7 7NG
United Kingdom

GPS Coordinates


Where to Park



By Train

GWR services from London Paddington direct to Castle Cary.
GWR services from Bristol direct to Castle Cary.
GWR services from Exeter direct to Castle Cary.

By Car

From London. Follow the M3 westwards, then join the A303 to Wincanton. Now follow the A371, turning right onto the A359. Please follow signs to the estate entrance.

From Bristol. Follow the A37 southwards, which becomes the A371 after Shepton Mallet, turning left onto the A359. Please follow signs to the estate entrance.

From Exeter. Follow the A30 eastbound, which becomes the A303. Then take the A359 towards Bruton, and follow the signs to the estate entrance.

Opening Times

Gardens, Farm Shop, House & Garden Shop

SUMMER HOURS: 28 March - 24 October, 9am - 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)

WINTER HOURS: 25 October - 27 March, 9.30am - 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

The Story of Gardening

The Story of Gardening is open every day. Booking a timed slot is essential, with slots available from 9am-4.30pm.


Open every day from 10am-4.30pm. Advance booking advised.

Garden Eateries

(Garden Café, Cyder Bar, The Story of Gardening)

The Garden Café is open every day for members and hotel guests, serving vegetable-led menus with locally-reared meats. Advance booking is required, with a deposit of £5pp for breakfast and £10pp for lunch.

BREAKFAST 9.45am-11.15am

LUNCH 11.45am-2.30pm

TEA & CAKE 4pm-6pm

The Cyder Bar is currently closed for renovation. The Winter Garden serves as the order and collection point for daily picnics fresh from the Bakery, as well as takeaway hot and cold drinks, including our own cyder.

The Story of Gardening is open for tea, coffee and cake daily from 9.30am-5pm


Open weekends (and sunny weekdays), 9am-6pm.

The Botanical Rooms

The Botanical Rooms is open every day for both guests and non-residents, serving lunch and dinner. Advance booking is required.

LUNCH 12.30pm-2.30pm

DINNER 6pm-9pm


Access to the spa is for hotel guests only. Open every day from 8am-8pm.

What you should know

We are only accepting card or contactless payments at the moment and do not have cash machines on site.

We ask that you please keep a sensible 2m distance from others during your visit.

Our new Gelateria is serving cold drinks, fruity sorbets, and creamy buffalo milk gelato.

This is a working farm with lots of feathery friends and deer, so kindly leave your pets at home. Assistance dogs are allowed.

Please wear sturdy shoes (no high heels) as some paths have gaps, are uneven, or can become slippery in wet or frosty weather.

Bring a hat in summer and wellies plus an umbrella in winter. A famous Swedish proverb holds: There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.

Children and anyone who cannot swim must be closely supervised at all times, as we have many ponds and lakes.

The Newt in Somerset is a working farm. We accept no responsibility for any injury that the visitor could reasonably have avoided by following advice that appears on our website, maps, and signs around the Estate. As regards any property, we are only responsible for any loss or damage to such if caused by us whilst you are visiting the Estate.

Parents with prams and guests using wheelchairs: kindly note that pathways in the garden and woods are uneven and can become slippery in wet or frosty weather.

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