Discover 50 acres of enchanting landscape set against the beautiful 18th century Palladian house and explore scented pathways and majestic woodland. This is a garden for all seasons – highlights include the Millennium Garden, Devon’s longest Camelia hedge and Magnolia Wood. Wander by the river to the Ugley Bridge then climb to the Castle for magnificent views of Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond. The house is currently home to the 17th generation of Fortescue family.


ugley bridge


Terraced walks offer parkland views and the opportunity to stroll amongst historic statues, follies and temples. From spring, the woodland garden is carpeted with primroses and daffodils under ancient specimen trees, hundreds of different magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Throughout the summer and autumn, the Millennium Garden boasts a wonderful display of colourful herbaceous planting with lavender edges.

Plan your Visit


There is always so much to see whatever the season, you will want to spend the day here. Young visitors can climb on one of the oldest trees in the garden – the Tanglewood Tree and explore the acres of garden and woodland. After children (and adults!) have had their fill of adventure, we have picnic benches nestled in woodland so lunch can be served amongst the magical woodland setting. Four legged friends on leads are welcome too. We have a whole range of family events running throughout the year, check out our what’s on guide to view our event schedule.



Visit the Castle Hill tearoom, a welcome spot after an exhilarating walk. Enjoy delicious homemade cake, cream tea or a light lunch with a whole range of hot and cold drinks available. All enjoyed whilst looking out towards incredible views reaching the Triumphal Arch and Holwell Temple.


Adults £8
Seniors £7.50
Child £4

Family Ticket 1 £16
(1 adult + up to 3 children)

Family Ticket 2 £21
(2 adults + up to 3 children)

Groups (20+) £7.00

Under 5s free


Opening Times

The Gardens are open all year round Monday to Friday, including Bank Holidays (currently closed weekends)

25th March to 1st November-

11am to 4pm

November to March –
11am to 3pm

The Tea Room is open 

25th March to 1st November

Last orders for refreshments at 3.45pm

Please note the kiosk and tearoom may be closed if the weather is inclement.

RHS Members

RHS Members

We are pleased to be a Partner Garden for 2024 and look forward to welcoming members of the RHS throughout the season.

Free Access (Member 1)



Quote Absolutely stunning. It was a glorious day and the gardens were at their best. The colours were still vibrant and at every turning we saw another amazing display of colour. We headed for the castle and reached it and really enjoyed our walk down. - B Eglinton

B Eglinton

Quote A grand walk with superb views. The shrubs are a credit to you. Great coffee & cake too.

David & Jackie, Ludlow

Quote We've had a lovely walk around the gardens. Plenty suitable for us even with a wheelchair. Had a lovely lunch here then tea and cake after our walk. Lovely ladies in kiosk. It is so beautiful here we will definitely return. A stunning display of camelias, rhodo's and azaleas and a sunny, blustery day to set them off. Lovely, surprising place, a pleasure to walk around even in a howling gale! Hot soup, bread & hot chocolate very welcome!

Jane & John, Preston

Quote What a magnificent place, and very friendly people who care for it! We had an amazing walk and great lunch to finish. Thank you

Gina Ollerton, Cornwall

Quote Very interesting even on a rainy day. Food excellent, friendly staff. Will have to visit in the spring.

Shirley, Keven and Poppy the dog

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