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Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes were created around the turn of the century by James Pulham & Sons landscapers, Rock Builders and Garden Designers. The gardens had been buried around the 1940s and 50s and after excavation, although some areas were in very poor condition, other parts remained as good as the day the gardens were built. Most of the repairs have now been completed during a massive restoration operation which began in 2000.
The gardens contain many ponds and rills but interestingly a labyrinth of underground grottoes, tunnels and sunken ferneries. The rock gardens are made up of a mixture of real stone and faced stone using various types of Pulhamite.
Discover a lost garden with tunnels and underground grottoes buried under thousands of tons of soil for over 50 years. Most of the repairs have now been completed during a massive restoration operation which began in 2000.
The site is approximately 7 acres and we hope to renovate as much as we possibly can and have landscaped and replanted the gardens in the past 3 years.
For any fans of "His Dark Materials" (the books and the series), you can now walk in the footsteps of Will and Lyra at Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes where a couple of scenes, including "the bench scene" were filmed at Dewstow Gardens & Grottoes for series 2 a couple of years ago.
Children 11-18yrs: £5.00
Children 6-10yrs £3.00
Kids aged 5 and under: FREE
Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £24
Season Ticket: £25
Family Season Ticket: £50
Group bookings -- Must be pre-booked
Group bookings (10 minimum) can be arranged on most dates Monday to Sunday and are charged at the concessionary rate of £6.50 per person.
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
Booking & Payment Details
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Credit cards accepted (with charge)
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Facilities for groups
- Free Parking
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted