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Welcome to the Walled

Gardens of Cannington

& Tea Room


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Please note: Our Tea Room will be closed on Tuesday 1 September to allow for wifi to be installed. We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.


The Walled Gardens of CanningtonLocated in the village of Cannington, Somerset, the Walled Gardens lie within the grounds of a medieval priory and many of its fine buildings, including the walls of the garden, remain. Having undergone extensive redevelopment, the Gardens were officially opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward. Since then they have been accredited as a ‘quality assured visitor attraction' by VisitEngland and named as a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) partner garden. The Gardens are home to a Plant Heritage National Plant Collection® of Deschampsia. We are also developing collections of Santolina and Monarda. All are displayed in a modern prairie style planting in our Collections Garden.


The Gardens have classic and contemporary features such as; the 'hot' Herbaceous Border; the Blue Garden; the Sub-Tropical Walk; and a Victorian style fernery, amongst others. There is also a botanical glasshouse where arid, sub-tropical and tropical plants can be seen and two smaller gardens within the walls (The Bishop's and Australasian Gardens) are areas of real tranquillity.

The water feature

The Gardens provide a superb facility for students at Bridgwater College Cannington Centre to gain essential hands-on experience working with a whole range of plant groups, and many of the plants on sale in the plant shop have been grown on-site at Cannington. View our video on YouTube.


The Gardens have a Tea RoomPlant Sales and a Gift Shop - which you don't need access to the Gardens to visit - so there's plenty to see and do for all the family!


For prices and opening times, see the Info pageRead about accessibility here.


We are a dog friendly visitor attraction. For information on our sustainability and wildlife practices, click here.


Bee on lavender


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The Walled Gardens of Cannington and Tea Rooms, Church Street, Cannington, Nr Bridgwater, Somerset TA5 2HA walledgardens@bridgwater.ac.uk