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Group Visits, next open Sun 27 Mar - Sun 2 Oct 2016


Mount Ephraim House

Mount Ephraim House


Staple Street,
ME13 9TX

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Sun 27 - Mon 28 Mar Easter Sunday and Monday
Sun 1 May Pat A Lamb
Mon 2 May Pat A Lamb
Fri 5 - Sun 7 Aug A New Day Festival


Over three centuries of memories, to be continued (by you).....

Mount Ephraim Gardens is a beautiful place to visit, with plenty to offer and delight visitors. Unwind in these ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate with magnificent views over the Swale and Thames Estuaries. Whether you choose to enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese gardens, take on the challenge of the wildflower and grass maze or just relax on the Edwardian tea room terrace, Mount Ephraim gardens have the power to charm you all.

Mount Ephraim Gardens are home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias. Visitors can experience the sight of the Millennium Rose Garden in full bloom and the intoxicating colours and scents in mid summer. The unique 'Miz Maze' creation, planted with ornamental grasses and herbaceous perennials is something to look forward to as the days get shorter with its dancing grasses and dramatic swirls of wild flowers, which are alive with pollinating insects and wildlife best seen as the summer draws to a close.

Mount Ephraim has been home to the Dawes Family for over 300 years and is a lasting monument to a more graceful and leisurely age. Every time of year at Mount Ephraim Gardens brings it own distinctive pleasures. Enjoy simple pleasures in life at Mount Ephraim Gardens with a wonderful atmosphere of peace and charm that have offered visitors a tranquil escape for many years.

Pre-booked group visits to the gardens are welcome from March to October, seven days a week from 10am. Please either contact us via email at or telephone 01227 751496.

Whilst we do not specifically organise educational visits for schools it is definitely a place of interest to visit. Children can enjoy our new Animal Trail as they hunt out our wooden animals in the water garden, arboretum and grass maze. Each animal has been hand-painted onto fruit picking bins and cut out into the shape of the animals by our talented Head Gardener Mark James. The trail has a fun worksheet to go with it and is ideal for our younger visitors.

The Mount Ephraim Nature Trail, specifically aimed at Key Stage 2, takes children on a fun and interactive nature tour of the gardens. With questions and answers specific to Mount Ephraim, it's a great opportunity to learn more about the plants, trees and wildlife here and a fun way to occupy children. The grass maze is a beautiful space to explore, espcially in later summer when it truly comes alive, and has a small play area above it and a Willow Circle ideal for story time.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Leisure facilities onsiteGrounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsVenue approved for civil marriageWedding receptions

Disabled access not easy. There are steep slopes and terraces.

Opening details

Season Dates Opening Hours
Sun 27 Mar - Sun 2 Oct 2016 Wed - Sun 11:00 to 17:00
Earliest admission time .... 11am
Last admission time ......... 5pm
Open Bank Holidays.


Group rates available on request.



See location of Mount Ephraim Gardens on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TR 065597  Lat: 51.29895 Long: 0.96077

Location Hernhill Village near Faversham, 1 mile from end M2, signed from A2 (cars/no coach access) and A299 (car/coach access).

Buses: No 638 Chalkwell from Whistable. No 3/3a Stagecoach from Faversham/Canterbury. A short walk from Boughton or Hernhill Church Bus stops.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Faversham station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Leisure facilities onsiteLeisure facilities onsite
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Venue approved for civil marriageVenue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions

Disabled access not easy. There are steep slopes and terraces.

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