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Plympton, Plymouth,
Devon, PL7 1UH

01752 333 500

01752 336 474


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Park: All Year; daily; dawn - dusk
Garden open daily; 10am - 4pm
Garden closed 25th & 26th Dec.
Check website or National Trust member's brochure for house opening times

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes


House Open for Viewing: Yes

Check website or National Trust member's brochure for house opening times

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

See NGS Yellow Book

Best Times of Year to Visit:


To see:

Carpets of naturalised spring bulbs, Camellias, Rhododendrons in spring. Summer border, hydrangeas and many exotic half-hardy shrubs in summer. Acers, Boston Ivy, Crimson Glory Vine and lots more colour in autumn. Dogwoods, numerous winter flowering shrubs, snowdrops in winter.

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House and garden: adult £11.40 (£10.30), child (5-17 years) £5.80 (£5.20), family (2 adults, 3 children) £28.50 (£25.50), family (1 adult, 3 children) £17.10 (£15.50).
Garden only: adult £5.90 (£5.30), child (5-17 years) £3.10 (£2.80).
Reduced rate when arriving by bicycle or public transport (on house ticket)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs not allowed in garden, but are allowed in outer areas of park on lead. Park restaurant open all year round from 10am

Garden Features & Events

Magnificent Georgian house with opulent Robert Adam interiors, gardens, follies and landscaped parkland; Exquisite Georgian mansion in landscaped park; Film location for Sense and Sensibility; Varied, family-friendly; Arts and crafts gallery; Garden, riverside and woodland walks. Western Apartments are newly opened to visitors.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Many within 5 miles


Many within 5 miles

Inns & Pubs:

Many within 5 miles

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Plymouth - Hoe, Barbican and National Maritime Aquarium

Description of Garden

The original eighteenth century landscape of Saltram Garden has been enriched with later influences of shrub borders and fine specimen trees planted in spacious lawns. Paths lead back and forth along parallel lines, each revealing a special plant or glimpse of a building along its route. The Lime Avenue, which dates from the late nineteenth century, is under-planted with a succession of bulbs and wildflowers. A plethora of half-hardy shrubs and other plants grow amongst the glades, many of which it is rare to see growing outdoors in Britain. Examples include Hoheria 'Glory of Amlwch', Acca sellowiana, Loquat and the Cinnamon Suede trunked myrtle.

The impressive Orangery is home to potted citrus trees during the winter months which are moved outside to the Orange Grove (behind the Chapel Gallery) in May. The Mediterranean flavour here is enhanced with Chusan Palm, yucca and bottlebrushes, and there are also interesting Chilean specimens. At the far end of the garden is the Castle folly, which looks out over unspoilt views of the parkland, and also an impressive veteran oak tree, in which a tree house was built for the film Sense and Sensibility (1995).

Below the Orange Grove there is a recently replanted border designed by the late Graham Stuart Thomas, and adjacent to this an area of tender exotics. On the south side of the garden, beyond the Lime Avenue, is the Serpentine Walk with views out over the parkland. Planting here is themed especially for winter interest, mixed with areas of wild flowers and American prairie planting.

History Of Garden

Built for John and Lady Catherine Parker in the 1740s, its panoramic views originally encompassed the estuary, the citadel, tiers of hills and the woods of Mount Edgcumbe but sadly these have been obscured by housing and bypass developments as Plymouth has grown.

The diarist Fanny Burney, who visited Saltram in 1789 as part of the entourage of George III, has a vantage point, Fanny's Bower, named after her. It later became a plantsman's garden as planthunte