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Open 10am–5pm – please see website for more details.

TAPELEY PARK

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Instow
Near Bideford
North Devon
EX39 4NT

Off A39 between Barnstaple & Bideford. Sat nav will take you to the wrong entrance so please follow the signs.

13.5 acres

Tel
01271 860897

Visit website

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - Sun–Fri, 1–31 May & 1–25 Oct.

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's playground
  • Dogs welcome
  • facilities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Christie Estates

Tapeley Park is now closed until further notice


Explore somewhere you have not visited before. Enjoy the ethos of Tapeley Park with its rich and fascinating variety of flowers, shrubs and vegetables, the latter grown on organic principles.

The walled kitchen garden is a delight with its rare greenhouse built in the early 1930s, rebuilt in 1950 and again in 2011. It houses fruit trees, many of which have survived the passage of time and still thrive in the sheltered, fertile environment. There are greengages, plums and varieties of pear such as 'Pitmaston Duchess' and apple trees that include 'Lady Stucley', 'John Standish' and more.

Admire the Italian garden where the beds were originally dug by hand. All manner of semi-tropical and tender plants thrive in the south-facing borders against a retaining wall. Walk down through the wood to the lake and picnic in peace and quiet, save for the birdsong.

The tearooms offer delicious and tasty light meals with vegetables and salad items sourced from the gardens, and cream teas of renown. Walk across the fields to the Monument and Labyrinth to enjoy the wonderful vista of views of the bay and across to Lundy Island (on a clear day). Enter the permaculture garden and learn how to grow sustainable vegetables and fruit. You never know what is around the corner.

Dogs welcome on a lead at all times.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Begonias
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Meconopsis
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Topiary
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.