Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes

Dewstow Gardens and Grottoes
4.5
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
About
Dewstow Gardens are Grottoes are recently discovered gardens built in the 1890's. buried in the 1950's and rediscovered and escavated in 2000. We are now open for the summer months and welcome visitors of all ages including pre-booked coach parties. Please check out our website for further details.
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  • Librarylover2014
    Plymouth, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    what a find!
    Beautiful venue, unusual and captivating. Would be lovely whatever the weather. We found it by accident, looking for somewhere else! So glad we changed our plans and went in. One of the most unusual garden visits I've made. Well worth a trip, and going back very soon, I hope.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Gardengel-IoW
    West Sussex, United Kingdom889 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Certainly unique
    A special garden. I visited here in 2011, It is just as good as my memory served and better. Well maintained. Planting, ponds, rocks, borders a view and of course the incredible grottoes. Incredible they were made in the first place, even more that they were buried and now lovingly excavated for us to enjoy today.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Andrew R
    Stroud, United Kingdom48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a must go to!
    We arrived and parking was easy. A very short walk to reception and coffee shop. Excellent map and advice from staff. It was a very relaxing walk through a maze of gardens and grottoes (the latter I’ve never seen before in The Uk. The grottoes aren’t suitable for walking disability people. There were many young families their but this did not interfere with our day out. We travelled for an hour to get there and would go again. Next time with grandchildren. When you read the history and how the gardens and grottos were lost in the wars and redound it’s fantastic. It’s a must go to. We relaxed and admired the views, including seeing the river Severn below the Severn bridges in the distance.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • MadgeHerefordshire
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great trip out
    Great trip out! Lovely place to visit for adults and children. Staff very pleasant and gave good information. Coffee shop ideal. Beautiful gardens with water features. Tunnels, caves and grottoes to explore and ponds with fish of all sizes. The fairies and gnome trail was great fun for the children (and big children) Probably best to have sensible footwear as there are quirky paths over bridges (with handrails) and stepping stones to take if you fancy.  Great trip out!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 28, 2023
  • MistyDC
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpected little gem!
    Visited on the spur of the moment when the attraction we had actually come to see was closed and we were very pleasantly surprised. Firstly the lady on reception was really welcoming and friendly. The gender neutral facilities were a first for me and I was a bit surprised. Might have been a bit less chilled had it been busy and my partner wasn’t in there with me though. The rock gardens were lovely even though it was too late in the summer for any flowers. I really loved all the water and the way it was managed. Then the grottoes. They were really fun and definitely worth a visit. I would have loved to see them as a child. I even made a couple of bat friends. Then we headed out to the main gardens which weren’t at their best given the lateness of the summer but still very pretty and enjoyable. I imagine the place is truly stunning when it’s all in bloom. Headed back for a lovely tea cake and iced coffee. All in all a pleasant afternoon. If we’re ever this way again in the summer we’ll definitely revisit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • Trish C
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A hidden gem
    This is quite literally a hidden gem! The gardens are lovely and the grottoes and tunnels are absolutely amazing - fabulous even! The staff are really friendly and the cakes are delicious. Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
  • dpyaffe
    Washington DC, District of Columbia67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gardens and Grottoes With Character
    I’m not the type to look for gardens as a sightseeing experience while traveling overseas. However, I found the Dewstow Hardens and Grottoes to have an intriguing character with some surprises. The charm was in the settings rather than the flowers themselves. Walking through the underground grottoes was a delight as were the pocket gardens and the tropical garden in a deserted building. Going down a path into small gardens, lily ponds and the alligator pit. The visit only takes an hour and was highly satisfying.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written July 1, 2024
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Sarah
285 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
We were amazed by this garden (Grade 1 listed). Had to visit on a rainy day as it was the last day of the season it was open. Cost £7.50 for an adult and well worth it. Opens at 10 am with last visitors at 3.30 for 5 pm close. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. We loved all the surprise underground chambers and passages with their ponds and flowing water. The lush, exotic planting all tied in with the theme. There were more tunnels as we passed the main house. After that we saw plenty of above ground ponds and bridges and little waterfalls and fountains. Spent an hour and a half there but would have been longer if not for the pouring rain. Views out to Severn Estuary. Some lovely planting schemes as well. My only complaint would be the large modern gnomes dotted around, but I skilfully cropped them from my photos. I have no problem with old gnomes, as I have some myself, but don’t care for new ones. Cafe area sold a range of hot/cold drinks and some very nice cakes. Will be visiting again next season with our children (12 to 21) and probably take in Caldicot Castle as well.
Written September 30, 2020
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Bam
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Good home made cake, and nice gardens.

The actual grounds are a lot smaller than I expected and for the price of £7.50 per adult I don't feel I got much value for money.

Ideal if you wish to spend an expensive hour outside.
Written August 16, 2020
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John M
Bristol, UK67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We didn't know about this place until it was featured in the Guardian's "10 of the UK's best hidden destinations". Its, a beautifully planted garden with a huge variety of flowers, exuberant borders, lawns, lily ponds and a fascinating old-fashioned grotto. There was plenty of room to be socially distanced (and progress through the grotto is, of necessity, one way traffic). It's an ideal stroll for older people with loads of open grassy space for young children to play safely. The indoor café is currently closed but you can buy cakes, scones, tea, coffee, etc (but no savoury items at present) and sit at the adjacent tables - or, as some visitors did, bring a picnic. It's well worth the admission price. We'll be going again when we're able to have house guests we want to entertain.
Written July 22, 2020
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Steve25_12
Esher, UK242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We arrived early on a dampish morning after being recommended to it by our Hotel and for a while were the only people there which made the gardens even more special with the atmosphere. They are fascinating with differing vistas and you constantly ask yourself why someone would have dug out all the tunnels and grottos but we are glad they did.
Great views of surrounding countryside as well. very friendly people , good selection of tasty looking cakes available as well in small cafe
These are well worth a visit , even when wet, but as others have said probably not great for those with mobility issues
Written September 15, 2021
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was a really surprising find. We live nearby but hadn't heard of this place even though we have visited Caldicot many times. The actual entrance sign isn't easy to spot so we did drive past and had to turn around.
Once inside there is a large car park and everything is well signposted. Staff are really friendly and helpful and there is a useful map as without it we would have missed a large part of the gardens.
The paths take you through the grottoes and water gardens and they are very different and certainly aimed at making gardens fun for all the family. Our grand daughter loved the fairy houses and it really did get her imagination going.
After the grottoes there are the main gardens to explore with some lovely benches and viewing areas to take in the panorama and reflections. To finish off there is a cafe with lots of picnic tables and lovely cakes!
All in all we spent a lovely couple of hours wandering round at our own pace. The entrance cost was decent and when we arrived there were only two other families there although it was certainly busier when we left. A unique set of buildings that deserves more awareness and promotion.
Written August 29, 2022
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PandaD
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
A beautiful and unusual garden. The grottos were fascinating and the rock/water gardens just lovely in May. So nice to visit a small independent garden rather than the slick generic ones from the big heritage/garden organisations. No shop or big cafe, just friendly staff in the little reception who served us tea and cake which we ate on the tables outside while watching the birds.
Written May 24, 2022
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Stanjeve
Blackwood, UK96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Well laid out gardens with a different view around every corner. Children will love the grottoes with the stepping stones, water pools and fish. Ideal place for a picnic in pleasant surroundings, or a drink and snack in the cafe, with a good variety of delicious cakes.
Written August 19, 2021
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emanmahmoud1
Newport, UK270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
I went with a friend from Carmarthen after a Cardiff friend suggested this place. Although I live 10 minutes away but never heard of it. So I looked it up first and saw hundreds of pictures and there we went. It was a nice sunny July day. First of all, road leading to it is very thin windy country lane. Car park on the grass. Entrance is too expensive £7.50 per person. Receptionist said it will take over an hour to see the gardens and grottoes but it really took us 15 minutes and we were done. There’s nothing really exciting to any of us. I felt so embarrassed in front of my friend. We walked around the gardens one more then we sat at the cafe. That was another disappointment as due to COVID restrictions, there was no meals, instead they served over the counter cakes & pasties with hot and cold drinks. I wasn’t even interested in taking photos at all. I will not go again.
Written July 2, 2021
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197Marcym38
Cardiff, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful gardens and grottoes lotsof space for children to run around. Trip cut short by bonfire on grounds expelling ash and smoke into the air. Clothes and hair covered by the ash and smelling of smoke, children coughing and slightly distressed 😐
Written August 26, 2021
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sem229
Bristol, UK76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Wow, wow and wow! We only live a short hop across the Severn Bridge from these stunning gardens and grottoes, and we only found out about them through the Gardeners’ World 2for1 gardens offer, so it was even better value, though the entrance fee is very reasonable anyway. We spent a lovely couple of hours and had our picnic on the lawns, in a shady spot on a very hot day. The coffee and cake we had in the cafe at the entrance was excellent too. We shall definitely be back.
Written June 24, 2023
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