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Intriguing Regency house and impressive horse-drawn vehicles set in picturesque gardens

Arlington Court is an unexpected jewel on the edge of Exmoor, a complete family estate held by the Chichester family for over five hundred years. The collection consists of treasures for all tastes, from model ships to shells, collected over several generations. The house itself, built in 1823 and extended in 1860, has an austere facade. However, inside the cosy rooms purvey a homely, family atmosphere.

The Carriage Museum in the stables has a vehicle for every occasion from cradle to grave. Currently on loan from the Houses of Parliament is the Speaker’s State Coach, a glorious, gilded carriage with over 300 years of history.

Keeping Arlington alive:

  • Over 20 miles of footpaths to explore, including our popular lake walk, just under two miles, which tours the man-made lake and bridge piers of an unfulfilled Victorian dream
  • Formal Victorian garden with conservatory rebuilt in 2012, planted with exotic species and walled garden providing produce for the tea room and flowers for the house
  • An abundance of wildlife to discover including two species of bat roosting in the cellars, an ancient heronry and a birdhide, to view nature at its best

Heritage Open Day

Saturday 12 September, 10.30am-5pm

Enjoy free entry to Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum in celebration of Heritage Open Day and learn more about life as a Victorian child.

Secret Garden trail

Discover the Secret Garden trail this summer at Arlington Court

6 July - 6 September, 10.30am-5pm

Pick up a free trail from reception and explore the Arlington gardens. You can even take it home to colour in after your visit. 

Find out more about the trail.

Woollen leaf appeal

 We're heralding the arrival of autumn leaves this year by creating a display of knitted, felted and crocheted leaves at the entrance to our formal gardens. 

Don't forget to scan

Staff are very happy to help you with

Please remember when visiting Arlington Court to scan your membership card.

For every member scanned we receive £3.65 towards ongoing conservation work and the general upkeep of the estate.

Dogs welcome

Bueller the Dog walking at Stowe

The grounds are a four-legged friends paradise, with woodlands, streams and fields to explore. Arlington also welcomes dogs on leads in the gardens and carriage museum.

All dogs must be kept on leads throughout the estate to protect our spring lambs and ground nesting birds.

The Coast

The Chichester family once owned an extensive estate in North Devon which also included a substantial area of land along the coastline. Discover more about the Chichesters and the coast.