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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

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.

60 acres

01271 860897

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–5pm. Please see website for opening dates.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Mon only when open (excluding BH).


  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Cottage planting
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake

About the garden

Owned by
Hector Christie (custodian)

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. We have one of the finest Permaculture gardens in the country.

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
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Hemerocallis
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Spring bulbs
  • 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.