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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

nr South Molton
EX32 0RQ

5 miles north-west of South Molton.

50 acres

01598 760336

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Mon–Wed.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Herbaceous border
  • Sculpture
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Lady Laura Duckworth Chad

Among the rolling hills of North Devon, Castle Hill Gardens are a haven of colour and tranquility. Enhanced and tended by many generations of the family, the beautiful 20ha (50 acres) of historic gardens offer a wealth of sights and scents that change with the seasons; from the pinks, reds and whites of the camellias in the spring followed by 170 different magnolias, profusions of rhododendrons and pastel coloured azaleas. With summer comes the heady scent of lavender in the borders before the glorious red, amber and gold of the autumn. The gardens offer beauty in every season.        

Wander among remarkable trees along peaceful paths where magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas grow in abundance, together with a host of daffodils, bluebells and carpets of native primroses. The Millennium Garden is at its most delightful on a spring day with vibrant, colourful herbaceous borders. Gentle winding pathways lead into historic parkland interspersed with temples, follies, mythical statues and stunning vistas.         

A climb to the sham castle offers panoramic views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and Lundy Island. The path through the magnificent woodland gardens, filled with a variety of flowering shrubs, leads down to the river and Ugley Bridge. Positioned high on the hill overlooking the house and gardens is the newly restored Holwell Temple and created as a memory to Lady Margaret Fortescue, the Kennels rest on Oxford Down. These special features are an intrinsic part of the magic of Castle Hill.            
The Tea Room offers delicious light lunches, cream teas, homemade cakes and refreshments. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Daffodils
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs

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.