Castle Hill Gardens

Eighteenth-century landscape garden surrounding a Palladian mansion built in 1730 for the Fortescue family.

Filleigh, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 0RH

Castle Hill Gardens
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Castle Hill was built in 1730 as Earl Fortescue’s family home. The current custodians are the 15th generation of the Fortescue family to live in the Palladian house.

Set in magnificent 18th-century parkland with many original follies, statues and temples, a sham castle and Triumphal Arch. The woodland gardens are abundantly planted with magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, eucryphias and many rare trees. Formal gardens include the Millennium Garden and a Topiary water sculpture by Giles Rayner.

The steep walk up to the Castle reveals unsurpassed views to Exmoor, Dartmoor and beyond. We also have an excellent all weather tearoom open during the season serving home cooked food. Dogs on leads welcome.

Opening Times


The Gardens are open Mondays to Fridays, 11am – 4pm.

The tea room is open between April and October.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free on normal open days. Advance booking is not necessary: just check in at the kiosk on arrival.

Adults: £8.00
Seniors: £7.50
Child (5-15): £4.00
Under 5’s: free
Groups (20+): £7.00

Group Visits

Groups are welcome and refreshments can be provided.

Please contact us to arrange:

Crystal Andrews

01598 760 336

Educational Visits

We offer visits for primary and secondary schools.

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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