The herbaceous borders in the Terrace Garden near the house are a riot of colour during the summer. From here, discover the Formal Gardens. Planted with numerous rare and specimen trees including over 100 species of rhododendron.
Don’t miss the Bears Hut decorated with pine cones, ice house and Rock Garden.
If you have time, explore the wider landscape including the Clump and Park Wood. Dogs are allowed on leads in this area of Killerton.
National Trust members visit for free.
In 1772, Sir Thomas Dyke Acland employed John Veitch to advise him on developing the gardens and landscape around the house. Influenced by ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton, Veitch created a garden filled with meandering paths, rustic buildings and views over the surrounding countryside.
Acland also supported Veitch in starting a landscape business. By 19th century, the nursery had expanded and employed 23 plant hunters to bring back plants from abroad. Before selling them to the public, many of these plants were first tried out at Killerton. As a result, Killerton has numerous specimen trees from Africa, Asia, Australia, North and South America.
The Rock Garden was developed from an old quarry by John Coutts, Head Gardener during the late 19th century.
The Terrace next to the house was designed at the beginning of the twentieth century by William Robinson.
The Elizabethan house was enlarged in 1778 by John Johnson for Sir Thomas Acland. It was only supposed to be a temporary dwelling as a new house was being designed by James Wyatt. However Wyatt’s design was never built – it is not known why. The site of the house can be seen in the woods. As a result Johnsons’s house was kept and enlarged in 1830s by Sir Thomas Acland. Further alterations were made in 1898 by the 12th Baronet.
In 1944, Sir Richard Dyke Acland, 15th Baronet gave Killerton to the National Trust. His socialist principles were at odds with his inherited wealth.