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A magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden lie at the heart of this historic parkland.

Saltram overlooks the River Plym and is set in a rolling landscape park that provides precious green space on the outskirts of Plymouth. Strolling along the riverside or through the woodland, you can almost forget that the city lies so close.

Saltram was home to the Parker family from 1743, when an earlier mansion was remodelled to reflect the family’s increasingly prominent position. It's magnificently decorated, with original contents including Chinese wallpapers and an exceptional collection of paintings (several by Sir Joshua Reynolds). It also has a superb country house library and Robert Adam’s Neo-classical Saloon.

Learn about some of the fascinating characters and family stories, including the correspondence between Frances, the first Countess, and Jane Austen.

The garden is mostly 19th century, with a working 18th-century orangery and follies, beautiful shrubberies and imposing specimen trees providing year-round interest.

The Saltram games

Enjoy a friendly game of volleyball in the garden

Enjoy a friendly game of volleyball in the garden

Sunday 24 August, 11am-3pm

Join us for a sporty summer Sunday in the park and garden which all the family can enjoy. Try new sports, improve your skills and have fun competing with family and friends.

We have golf, football, rugby, volleyball, tennis, bowls and badminton activities and games organised by local clubs, as well as canoeing, orienteering and cycling. Catch your breath and get creative with face painting, medal making and wild art activities.

Free event (garden admission applies for non-members).

What's coming up

  • Tue 19 and 26 August - Inquisitive insects tour finding out about creepy crawlies in the garden
  • Fri 29 August - Wild in the woods activities and games at the Forest School
  • Sat 13 September - Heritage Open Day in the house and garden
  • Fri 19 September - Volunteer open day for anyone interested in volunteering at Saltram
  • Sun 28 September - Michaelmas fayre pressing apples from Saltram's orchard
  • Sat 11 October - Funghi foray searching for mushrooms on the estate
  • Until Sun 2 November - By the book exhibition in the house highlighting Saltram's impressive book collection

Treat yourself to tea

Have a break to soak up the atmosphere as you explore the garden by stopping off in our new Edwardian-style chapel tea-room for a cup of tea, a slice of homemade cake or a light lunch.

Open daily from 11am-4.30pm

Keep in touch

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