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SECRET GARDENS

Kilver Court's beautiful gardens...

Hidden in the heart of Somerset are the Secret Gardens of Kilver Court. Explore the millpond, parterre, herbaceous borders, rockeries and the Charlton Viaduct.

They were first created over 100 years ago by Ernest Jardine, a progressive industrialist, who wanted to give his workforce inspirational working conditions.

In the 1960s the Showering family transformed the gardens into what we see today. Explore the 3 acre plot, carefully maintained all year round for the public to enjoy. It's the perfect day out in the Somerset countryside!


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New for Summer 2016  To celebrate the school summer holidays, we're opening up our lower lawn for family picnics between 21 July - 4 September! Bring along your own hamper or stop by our Great House on your way to the Gardens to pick up a goody-filled picnic pack. Then head for the viaduct arches, lay out  a blanket and enjoy a family picnic in the stunning surroundings of the Kilver Gardens.




Visiting the Gardens

The 3.5 acre site, set against a 19th Century viaduct offers an 'Oasis of Tranquility & Reflection' for all visitors.

Highlights include a reproduction of George Whitelegg's Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal winning rockery, the Parterre, an organic vegetable garden, herbaceous boarders and the mill pond all set against the backdrop of the Charlton viaduct.

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A Labour of Love

Incredibly the Kilver Court gardens have been cared for by the same two gardeners for over thirty years, which makes both garden and gardeners well seasoned.

The mature rockery was planted over half a century ago and a number of plants have been revived or replaced over the years.

With their depth of experience the gardeners have been able to improve many species to ones that thrive in the cool Mendip climate or fit better into the general scheme.

From tirelessly weeding, to keeping the parterre and herbaceous boarder alive with colour and casting a watchful eye over the millpond's ducklings and moorhens, the pair have been kept busy over the years. Visitors to the gardens frequently comment on the beautiful upkeep of the gardens, and both our gardeners will be happy to offer advice and ideas.

Admission fees and opening times:

Adults : £5.00 | OAPs : £4.50 | Children : £2.50 (6-16, under six years old entrance is free).
Group bookings : £4.00 (for 10 people or more - all groups need to be booked in advance).
Car Parking is FREE. (Coach Drivers please book in advance of your visit).

April to October

Monday to Saturday
10am to 5pm
(last entry 4pm)

November to March

Monday to Sunday
10am to 4.30pm
(last entry 3.30pm)

Sundays & Bank Holiday

10am to 4.30pm
(last entry 3.30pm)

NGS Open Days: All proceeds from garden entry go to charity: 19/04/16, 18/05/16, 15/09/16. Cash payments only.


Due to the historical nature of the gardens they have limited Wheelchair access.
Regrettably DOGS are not permitted, except guide dogs.
RHS members Free Access (member 1 only) applies Jan -Apr and Oct-Dec only.
Due to the historical nature of the gardens they have limited Wheelchair access.

*The gardens may be closed in the event of adverse weather conditions; please call 01749 340410 to check before you visit.