Opening times for 3 December 2023
Asset Opening time Garden 10:00 - 15:00 Parkland 10:00 - 15:00 Beagles Café 10:00 - 14:45 Shop 10:00 - 15:00 Book Barn 10:00 - 15:00
Both houses (Strode House and Court House) are closed to visitors throughout 2023 whilst we prepare for major conservation work.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
The kiosk near Visitor Reception is open at certain times of the year.
Dogs are welcome on the estate and in the parkland, but aren’t allowed in the formal and walled garden areas.
Blue Badge parking. Drop-off point. Adapted toilet in Strode House. Some uneven paths. Ground floor of house accessible (currently closed).
On B3168 signposted from A358 Ilminster to Taunton. Or off A303 London to Exeter.
Sat Nav: Incorrectly directs visitors to rear entrance - please follow brown tourist signs.
Numerous public footpaths
Crewkerne, 7 miles
Stagecoach 632/3 Ilminster to Martock, with connections on 30 from Taunton - Please check with Stagecoach direct for their updated timetable.
NCN30. Cycle hire in Langport (01458 250350)
View all our upcoming adult workshops and Christmas family fun activities including Mrs Christmas' cookie cutter trail.
Barrington Court is a two pawprint rated place. Find out where to walk your dog through the country estate and parkland at Barrington Court Walk and where the dog bins are located.
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.
Barrington Court Revival
This autumn, discover new playful interactive installations in the old farm buildings. The Design Shed and History Shed highlight new information about the key characters and the development of Barrington Court estate.
Gertrude Jekyll influenced these formal walled garden areas which include a Lily Garden, White Garden and the Rose and Iris Garden. You'll find scents and vibrant colours around every corner, as well as lawns and orchards, and quiet spaces to stop and relax.
Newly refurbished, the café offers a range of lunches, light bites, cakes, hot drinks and other tasty treats. Perfect rest stop to admire the view or grab a coffee to take on your morning walk.
Both houses (Strode House and Court House) are closed to visitors throughout 2023 whilst we prepare for major conservation work.
Over 70 acres with farm buildings still in use, tenanted cottages, tennis court, cricket pitch and formal parkland.
Shop in the old farm buildings on the Avenue, with original gifts, treats, local products and some seasonal plant sales.
A well-stocked book barn brimming with pre-loved bargains covering all topics and tastes.
Shopping (not National Trust)
Four independent artisanal businesses on the Avenue, including a goldsmith, a pottery, a chair maker and a wood carver.
Find out more about what family activities are available at Barrington Court in Somerset, and plan your visit
Explore the garden of Barrington Court throughout the seasons. See the fruit and produce growing in the Kitchen Garden or enjoy the tranquillity and beautiful borders of formal, walled garden areas.
Walk the estate to discover nature, views, and the landmarks of Barrington Court. Bring along your dog to enjoy these spaces.
Barrington Court is a beautiful Tudor mansion that was restored in the 1920s, resulting in a home full of mystery and fascinating details. The house is currently closed.
Fun activities to enjoy at Barrington Court
We invite you to join us for festive fun at Barrington Court. Enjoy the new Christmas trail, and self-led crafts and seasonal story telling in the farm buildings. Wrap up warm and take a stroll around the garden and parkland then head to Beagles cafe for some festive treats.
Grab your wellies and come for a stomp around Barrington. Join a storytelling session at 11am in the Farmyard and have a go at some craft activities and sensory play in the Design Shed.
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.
A decorative gate lodge with a spacious interior that retains many original features.
Celebrating Skill: Craft & Graft. Follow in the footsteps of Colonel Lyle and explore photography in the grounds and gardens of Barrington Court.
Colonel Arthur Lyle rescued the partially derelict 16th-century Court House in the 1920s, undertaking an ambitious restoration and surrounding it with a productive estate. A keen collector of architectural salvage, Colonel Lyle filled the house with rescued panelling, fireplaces and staircases. His fortune came from the colonial sugar industry; he was the founder’s grandson and Director of what became Tate & Lyle. Now without furniture, the light, empty spaces provide atmospheric opportunities to explore freely.
Court House and Strode House are currently closed after weather conditions damaged part of the roof. The houses 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 walled White Garden, Rose and Iris Garden and Lily Garden were influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, with playing fountains, vibrant colours and intoxicating scents. The original kitchen garden remains productive; supplying the restaurant and continuing the Lyle family's vision of self-sufficiency.
Barrington Court developed from Roman times until the 20th century when the grand Tudor mansion was restored with a remarkable collection of antique panelling.
Discover more about the project to restore and care for Barrington Court for the future.
Conservation staff and volunteers at Barrington Court work all year round to protect the fine interiors as well as to maintain the gardens and orchards.
Atkins Ferrie Wealth Management has a long-standing relationship with the National Trust in the south west. Aiming to offer the highest ethical principles and best service standards of any financial adviser in the UK, with locally based offices across southern England. These include Sherborne, and a newly opened location in Richmond-upon-Thames. We’re very pleased that they’re kindly continuing to support the South Somerset portfolio.
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.