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RHS Rosemoor Gardens In Devon

Nestled deep in a steep, wooded valley in the North Devon countryside is 65 acres of stunning gardens known as Rosemoor. It is one of the four public gardens owned and maintained by the Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Rosemoor gardens in Devon afford the visitor an inspirational and relaxing day out.

It is a garden of sumptuous beauty, perfectly planted and maintained, retaining the essence of rural North Devon. Whenever you choose to visit, the myriad colours, scents and textures mean that all your senses will be stimulated.

There are both formal and informal gardens, woodland walks, a beautiful stream and lake and open spaces. There is something for everyone, and the gardens will draw you back time after time. Even in winter there is so much to see and enjoy at Rosemoor.

The gardens are predominantly on clay soil, which along with the heavy rainfall in Devon can make the soil difficult to work and to plant. It is testament to the skills, knowledge and dedication of the horticultural staff that the gardens and planting schemes are so inspired and beautiful.

RHS Rosemoor Gardens in Devon
RHS Rosemoor Gardens in Devon

The History of RHS Rosemoor Gardens In Devon

Lady Ann Palmer inherited the property from her father in 1931 and started to create the garden on 8 acres in 1959. The garden developed in a natural style with large sweeping lawns, the initial design can still be seen today.

The garden was first opened to the public over fifty years ago in 1967, under the National Gardens Scheme. A small nursery was started in 1979. Both the garden and nursery were noted for rare and unusual plants. By the 1980s, the garden was attracting significant numbers of visitors.

In 1988 Lady Palmer gave the garden to the RHS, together with an additional 32 acres of land. In the mid 1990s woodland that surrounded the site, mainly coniferous forest, was added to the garden, securing the land bordering the garden from unwanted change, providing opportunities to blend the garden into its surrounding landscape and also providing it with a range of additional experiences for visitors.

Today Rosemoor covers 65 acres, there are learning centres, a library, shop and visitor centre, community garden, a restaurant and the Wisteria tea room.


The Rose Gardens At RHS Rosemoor

The rose gardens were the first plantings in the Formal Garden.

Because of the warm, wet climate and the lack of air pollution, roses grown at Rosemoor can be susceptible to diseases such as black spot. cultivars that showed good disease resistance, vigorous growth and a free-flowering nature have been chosen. If you live in the South West and want to grow roses, the Rose Gardens are a huge inspiration.

The Shrub Rose Garden has old traditional roses, such as Albas, Damasks, Moss and Gallicas grown alongside more modern shrub roses. An especially lovely feature is the clematis planted among the climbing roses, extending the season with further colourful displays.

Queen Mother rose garden boasts a collection of more modern hybrid tea roses and floribundas.

Rose Gardens at Rosemoor
Rose Gardens

Other RHS Rosemoor Highlights

  • The bog garden
  • Lake and stream
  • Hot border
  • Orchard
  • Potager and vegetable garden
  • The long borders
  • The foliage garden

Each part of Rosemoor is meticulously cared for and are a delight to 1000’s of visitors.

The waterfall at Rosemoor
The waterfall in the rock garden

The restaurant offers freshly cooked meals, vegetarian and gluten free meals are available too. Beautifully presented salads, snacks and home baked cakes and desserts are served daily.

Teas, coffees, soft drinks and wines are available, so if, like me you like to sample a nice glass of wine along with your meal you certainly can do so here.

Seasonal fruit and vegetables are provided by the vegetable and fruit gardens with the chef and vegetable gardener working closely together to produce and use top quality organic ingredients. Anyone who grows their own fruit and vegetables will find encouragement and inspiration in the kitchen garden and orchards.

The Wisteria tearoom offers freshly prepared sandwiches, pasties, snacks, cream teas and cakes.

Alternatively you could take a picnic and find any number of lovely, quiet spots around the gardens to relax and enjoy it. Take in your sumptuous surroundings while partaking of your own delicious lunch or tea. What Should You Bring on a Picnic?

I can truly recommend a visit to these gorgeous gardens at any time of year. I have personally visited them with friends in autumn, late winter and spring. They offer so much to do and see and there is lots of colour, fragrance and texture all year round. I was particularly impressed by them in February when the heavenly scent of Sarccococa and Daphne Odorata followed me everywhere. My next planned visit is in June or July as I wish to see the roses in bloom and the hot garden will be at it’s very best too.

Places To Stay Near RHS Rosemoor Gardens In Devon

Rosemoor accommodation. 


Rosemoor House offers three luxurious holiday apartments that are available all year. The Magnolia, Camellia and Azalea apartments are set within the former home of Lady Anne Palmer offering unique access to the garden outside normal opening hours.

Three, four and seven night bookings are available, with arrivals and departures on Mondays and Fridays.

I would really love to be able to stay in Rosemoor House, imagine been able to have access to the gardens when they are closed to other visitors. It would be like they were your own private gardens. Staying at Rosemoor House presents a wonderful opportunity to see the gardens from a totally new perspective.

Recommended Hotels

Fox and Hounds Country Hotel 

Chumleigh 14 miles

The Fox and Hounds Hotel in North Devon is tucked away in the heart of the glorious Devon countryside, on the banks of the River Taw amongst the lovely landscape of the Tarka Trail.


Yeoldon House Hotel 

Bideford 6.5 miles 

A very warm welcome awaits guests at this former English Gentleman’s Country House situated on the banks of the River Torridge in North Devon.

Ideally situated to explore the surrounding coastal beaches, country houses and beautiful gardens.


Northcote Manor Country House Hotel and Spa

Burrington 7.9 miles

This stunning hotel is in a peaceful location amongst the beautiful north Devon countryside. A place where you can recharge and relax. Northcote Manor retains high standards of hospitality and delicious gourmet food


For a wide selection of Holiday Cottages in the North Devon area please visit: Holiday Cottages


I hope I have instilled in you a wish to visit these lovely gardens, make it happen… Go, you will not be disappointed.

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Opening times

October – March

10am – 5pm

April – September

10am – 6pm

Last entry one hour before closing

RHS Rosemoor opens all year except Christmas day.

Adults                               £12.95 incl Gift Aid  £11.80 excl Gift Aid

Children 5-16 years     £6.49 incl Gift Aid   £5.90 excl Gift Aid

Entry is free to RHS Members  RHS Membership information

(visitor centre closed 25/26 Dec).


Licensed Restaurant, Tea Room, Plant Centre and Shop also on site.

Disabled access.

Ample parking




RHS Garden Rosemoor

Postcode: EX38 8PH

City: Great Torrington

County: Devon UK