Bear's hut

The Bearâ¿¿s Hut set in the garden of Killerton © M Jarvis

The Bearâ¿¿s Hut set in the garden of Killerton

Visit one of the most unusual and curious buildings on the Killerton estate that has so many interesting stories to tell. Built as a summer house called 'Ladycott' that originally housed an unruly bear cub. During World War II three teachers slept here to find peace and quiet from the two schools that were evacuated and staying in the house.

Rock garden

Killerton rock garden © M Jarvis

Killerton rock garden

Built on the site of a former quarry, this rock garden covers the hillside with an ice house behind it. Find an interesting collection of Asian plants, including many from the Himalayas.

Hidden paths

Find hidden paths and secluded areas to explore  © M. Jarvis

Find hidden paths and secluded areas to explore

A number of smaller grass paths criss-cross the gravel paths and may lead to you to areas of the garden you haven't explored. Find a secluded bench to admire the views out towards the coast.

The rustic bridge

Enjoy a walk through the garden taking in the historic rustic bridge © Malcolm Jarvis

Enjoy a walk through the garden taking in the historic rustic bridge

Before the gardens were landscaped in the early 19th Century, the whole area was a Deer Park. The rustic bridge crosses the remains of the Deer fence, designed to prevent the private herd from jumping out of the park. Originally built at the same time as the Bear's hut, it is constructed in the same style.

Great British Walks

Fridays 25 September, 2, 9, 16 and 23 October 2pm

Join a guided tour and delve deep into the history of Killerton's landscape design and plant collecting.

Beech walk

Stroll along the Beech Walk, a glorious avenue of veteran trees. Marvel at the magnificent sweet chestnuts, the towering redwoods and stunning magnolias. It's beautiful whatever the season.

The terrace

Find beautiful Coade stone vases in Killerton’s garden this winter

Crunch along the gravel to find an abundance of herbaceous plants and scented shrubs from early summer to first frost. Take time to take in views of the parkland and higher parts of the garden.

Chapel grounds

Visit Killertonâ¿¿s chapel grounds in the summer months

Discover this amazing building in its peaceful surroundings. Don't miss the delicate wisteria festooning the grounds, the magnificent tulip trees, londonplane trees and the striking hybrid oaks.

Killerton vistas

  • On your next visit see if you can spot the Cosdon Beacon north Dartmoor.  © M. Jarvis

    Memorial cross

    Enjoy beautful views west towards Dartmoor from this Acland family memorial.

  • Spot deciduous zaleas along this route, pass the tall California Redwoods. © M Jarvis

    Top path

    Admire a carpet of spring bulbs whilst taking in the views of the garden and Exe estuary.

  • This landscaped garden offers a series of contrasts for visitors to explore © S. Robson


    Enjoy the sweeping lawns to the cool shaded paths; this garden was designed to provide light and shade.

Killerton's plant legacy

Veitch and the plant hunters © Rodger Coluom

John Veitch set up a successful plant nursery. Travelling the world, the nursery collected rare and exotic plants to be grown in Killerton's garden - including the giant redwood.

Killerton's garden history

Come and wander around the work of John Veitch at Killerton © M Jarvis

John Veitch was the gardener in charge of creating our gardens when the house was built in 1778. An important nurseryman and landscaper, Veitch went on to transform the garden.

Veitch and the tulip trees

Find two magnificent tulip trees in the chapel grounds, Killerton © Malcolm Jarvis

Planted in Veitch's time, two eye-catching 'champion' Tulip trees can be seen in the chapel grounds. Also of note are two rare hybrid oaks Suberosa and Lucombeana.