Plan Your Visit

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 in our restaurants 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 created The Newt in Somerset 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 benefits 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 £75 with Direct Debit or £85 with card

Joint Adult £120 with Direct Debit or £140 with card

Local Membership* £35 with Direct Debit or £45 with card

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

Direct Debit signup includes a £20 voucher for our online shop and £10 voucher each year you renew. One voucher per couple for Joint Memberships.

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

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


Your Newt Membership includes 12 months of access to:

  • The Gardens, Woodland, Deer Park and Grotto, including the new Four Seasons Garden
  • All our exhibits including the Roman Villa Experience, The Story of Gardening and Beezantium
  • Estate eateries and shops including: The Botanical Rooms, Garden Café, Farmyard Kitchen, Cyder Bar, Gelateria, Farm Shop, and House & Garden Shop.
  • Our partner gardens including: Kew, Wakehurst, Great Dixter, Eden Project, Blenheim, Chatsworth, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Trebah, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Tregothnan, Tremenheere, Tresco, our sister garden in South Africa, Babylonstoren and Winterthur in the USA
  • Exclusive members' spa days
  • Purchase Member’s Guest Day Passes
  • Free entry for children (0-16yrs)
  • Exclusive member offers and benefits from our online shop
  • Free Garden and Woodland Tours
  • Annual programme of workshops and events
  • A dedicated member's area of our website with a rich library of exclusive content.


Take A Ride

While the best way to see the Roman Villa Experience is with a walk through the woodlands, those looking for another type of adventure can enjoy a NEW private buggy hire option. Book a private electric buggy for you and up to three friends to drive to the Roman Villa from the Threshing Barn on our designated buggy track. £50 per buggy (with a £25 refundable deposit upon delivery of the buggy and key). Terms and conditions apply. Call 01963 577750 to find out more, or ask about our services for those with accessibility requirements.

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: 27 March 2023 - 29 October 2023, 9am - 6pm (last entry 5.30pm)

WINTER HOURS: 30 October 2023 - 1 April 2024, 9am - 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

The Story of Gardening

Open every day. No booking required. 9.30am - 5pm. Also serving teas, coffees and a variety of cakes.


Open every day. Booking a timed slot is essential, with slots available 9.30am - 2:30pm.

Roman Villa Experience

Open every day. Booking a timed slot is essential, with slots available 9.30am – 3pm. Food aspect of the experience available 10:30am-4:30pm.

Garden Café

The Garden Café is open every day for members and hotel guests, serving vegetable-led menus with locally-reared meats. Advance booking is recommended.

BREAKFAST 9.00am - 11.30am

LUNCH 12pm-3pm

Cyder Bar

The Cyder Bar is open throughout the day for light lunches, snacks from the Bakery, tea, coffee, cold drinks and of course, cyder. This can be enjoyed in the Winter Garden. Open 9am-4.30pm.


Open every day, 9am - 4pm.

Serving cold drinks, fruity sorbets, and creamy gelato.

The Botanical Rooms

The Botanical Rooms is open every day for hotel and non residential guests, serving lunch and dinner. Advance booking is required.

LUNCH 12.30pm - 2.00pm

DINNER 6pm - 9pm

Farmyard Kitchen

The Farmyard Kitchen is open every day for hotel and non resident guests, serving lunch and dinner.

Non-residents can make a lunch reservation by advance booking only. Dinner is only available to hotel guests.

LUNCH 12.30pm - 2.00pm

DINNER 6pm - 9pm


Access to the spa is for hotel guests or for members who have pre-booked a Members' Spa Day. Open every day from 8am - 8pm.

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. See What's On to help plan your next visit.

Handy to know

We only accept card or contactless payments and do not have cash machines on site.

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

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.

Please wear sturdy shoes (no high heels) as some paths have gaps and are uneven. 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.

Cyder Bar

The perfect pitstop for a sip of cyder, tea or coffee. Plus freshly baked treats and light meals prepared by the Bakery Kitchen to fuel a stroll around the grounds. Try pastries, apple & cinnamon buns, soup, salads or comforting braises showcasing our estate vegetables and meats. For hungry little ones, order a sausage roll and apple juice to enjoy somewhere adventurous.

Explore the Estate

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

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