Things to see and do at Emmetts Garden

Different gardens, views and events here mean there’s always something to interest you, your family and friends. Why not pay us a visit and see what you can discover?

The circular walk at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Woodland and bluebell bank

Enjoy a gentle stroll through the woodland and take in the spectacular views over the Weald of Kent in the sunshine. From around Mid-April, the woods turn into a carpet of blue as the bluebells begin to appear. Emmetts is famous for its bluebell and is a SSI (site of scientific interest) because of them.

The terrace in spring overlooking the rose garden at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Rose garden

The rose garden is the only formal area at Emmetts. New pink roses have been planted, including the Octavia Hill rose, that add vibrant colour during the summer months. Originally created for Catherine Lubbock between 1910 and 1920, the rose garden was very much a central feature of the original garden design.

Rhodondedron in bloom by the gazebo at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

South garden

Home to an impressive collection of hardy exotic trees and shrubs, the south garden was laid out by Frederic Lubbock around the turn of the twentieth century. Come see the handkerchief tree in spring, the Persian silk tree in summer and the burnt toffee tree in autumn.

The rock garden in spring at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Rock garden

Our rock garden is home to a wonderful variety of alpines and English hardy species. Laid out by Frederic Lubbock around the same time as the rose garden, it is complete with a lily pond and winding paths that allow you to explore this unique part of the garden.

Spring colour at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

North garden

Discover splashes of autumn colour popping up as you walk the winding paths around the north garden. We're currently restoring the water features in this area, say hi to the garden team if you see them. Keep a look out for the unusual wedding cake tree in this area before you head over to the south garden.

The Old Stables refreshment point at Emmetts Garden

Eating at Emmetts Garden

Enjoy freshly baked scones in our Old Stables Tea-Room, or warm yourself up with some soup. The tea-room is just perfect for picking up a light refreshment after a walk around the estate.

Dog at pub

Bringing your dog to Emmetts Garden

Share a stroll around Emmetts Garden with your dog. Allowed in all corners of the estate, there’s no better place for them to spend a day.