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Notice: There is no access to Barrington Court from the B3168 via Ilminster due to a road closure. Please access via the A358 (Taunton) or by the A303 (from South Petherton). Note that on Wed 6 August, the road from Lopen Head through to Barrington will be closed all day, due to road works.
Discover the echoes of history in the heart of Somerset, in breathtaking gardens and working orchards
Discover the haunting echoes of the past at Barrington Court, a Tudor manor house free from collections and furniture. Explore using your imagination and your senses to discover a house full of memories, where light fills the rooms and you feel you can almost touch the past.
The property was saved from ruin and restored by the Lyle family in 1920s, when the court house resembled a barn rather than the proud manor house that it is. Close your eyes and you’ll almost be able to hear the sounds and see the sights of the glamorous parties held in the great hall during Barrington’s hey day. On the first floor listen out for the voices resonating from the past, of the young evacuees who called Barrington home during the Second World War.
Stroll through the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens, which with their focus on plant varieties and colours are a delight for all the senses. Be spurred on in your own garden or allotment by the stone-walled kitchen garden that produces a variety of delicious fruit and vegetables. Don’t just take our word for it, why not stop off in the Strode House Restaurant to taste these home-grown delights.
- Cross the Jubilee Bridge to explore the park
- Buy a hand-crafted gift from the artisan workshops
- Pick up a bargain second hand book
- Play on the tennis court
- Relax on the swing seat