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Click below to listen to Lord & Lady Arran talking about the Gardens at Castle Hill on BBC Radio Devon with Toby Buckland on 17 June 2018

Castle Hill gardens open all year 

 Gardens will be closed on Wednesday 10 April 2019 for a private function.  Apologies for any inconvenience.

Tea Room open 31st March - 27th October

daily (except Saturdays) from 11am 

Last orders for refreshments is at 4.30pm, last garden entry at 5pm and if the weather is inclement we may close the kiosk and tearoom early.


Situated on the Southern edge of Exmoor and in the rolling hills of North Devon, these beautiful gardens showcase 50 acres of historic Parkland set against the breath-taking 18th Century Palladian Mansion House.

As you arrive at Castle Hill your eye will be drawn to the long ochre coloured house with the Castle on the hill behind.

There is always so much to see whatever the season that 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. Four legged friends on leads are welcome too.

After an exhilarating walk stay and enjoy delicious homemade cake, cream tea or light lunch in our tearoom.

Proudly awarded an accolade from Jim Gardiner as one of the great Parks & Gardens in the South West. Castle Hill Gardens surround the magnificent Palladian house, home of the Fortescue family and built in 1730. Today Castle Hill is home to the 15th Fortescue generation.

In the spectacular 18th century landscape you will see statues, follies and temples built by the Fortescue family over the years.

Start with a walk through the Millennium Garden with its striking water feature and onto the walled garden. Pathways lead across formal terraces in front of the house where the eye is drawn to the distant Triumphal Arch and magnificent Holwell Temple. Wander through the woodland gardens, stroll down to the river and take a climb to the Castle for panoramic views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond.

You can spend as little as an hour with us, or a full family day with plenty of areas for every age group to the very young and the young at heart. Bring a picnic and absorb the sights and scents.

Join as a Friend of Castle Hill and receive year round membership benefits.

For more information on the gardens download our gardens leaflet by CLICKING HERE>