Our work at Barrington Court
It takes a lot of work to care for the buildings and grounds at Barrington Court. Staff and volunteers work all year round to protect the house and its contents. Outside, the team works tirelessly to maintain the garden and 10 acres of orchard. Home to ancient apple varieties, the apples from the orchards are used to make delicious apple juice and cider.
Protecting Barrington Court
Weather conditions damaged part of the roof at Barrington Court in recent years. As a result, the house is currently closed.
The house will remain closed for some time as we need to carry out research to ensure we restore and repair using the correct materials and tools whilst minimising environmental impact.
The apple orchards
Across South Somerset, the National Trust helps protect more than 150 types of apple. Many of those are ancient heritage varieties.
Barrington Court alone boasts 10 acres of apple orchard and has a focus on cider apples. In fact, the team works hard every year to harvest the apples so they can be turned into apple juice and cider.
Preserving Britain’s orchards
Around two-thirds of Britain’s orchards have been lost since the 1960s, meaning that the remaining orchards are a precious resource.
The Trust planted nearly 100 varieties of cider apple trees across south Somerset back in 2016. This was part of the Tidnor National Collection of cider trees located at Trust sites across the South West.
Traditional orchards that aren’t treated with pesticides are good for wildlife. Old trees support species, such as mistletoe or the rare noble chafer beetle.
Wildflower meadows can grow underneath the trees, which encourage pollinators in the spring and can be cut for hay in autumn. Plus, rangers and volunteer teams can encourage insect-eating birds to nest in the trees to help keep pests down.
With your ongoing support, we're able to continue our vital conservation work. Thank you for helping to protect these special places.
Barrington Court developed from Roman times until the 20th century when the grand Tudor mansion was restored with a remarkable collection of antique panelling.
Volunteers bring Barrington Court to life, from welcoming visitors to maintaining the gardens, and we’re happy to hear from people keen to join the team.
Barrington Court is an ideal place to visit as a group as there’s something for every to enjoy and discover. Find out how to organise a group visit and the available perks.
Fuel up at Barrington Court’s café, find a souvenir at the shop, browse pre-loved page turners at the Book Barn, and discover local artists at the craft studios.
We believe that nature, beauty and history are for everyone. That’s why we’re supporting wildlife, protecting historic sites and more. Find out about our work.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.