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Mount Ephraim Gardens

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Heritage and Gardens

Mount Ephraim Gardens is set in ten glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens against a backdrop of the beautiful Kent countryside. These ten acres of gardens, set in the heart of an 800 acre estate have magnificent views over the Swale and Thames Estuaries.

The gardens feature a Japanese rock garden, water garden and lake, arboretum and a spectacular grass maze. They are also home to an extensive collection of spring bulbs, trees and shrubs including Rhododendrons, many types of Camelias and Magnolias.

The elaborate and unusual topiary with a miscellany of birds, animals and First World War memorabilia in clipped yew truly captures the imagination. The Millennium Rose Garden abundant with scented roses and a traditional herbaceous border complete this stunning area. 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.

West Wing Tea Room

Our West Wing Tea Room is open during normal garden visiting days between 11.30am and 4.30pm selling hot and cold drinks, light lunches, ice creams, cakes and scones

We also offer Gift Vouchers for Afternoon Tea and Creams Teas in our West Wing Tea Room, available to purchase from our ticket box or tea room or by emailing 

Our animal trail is now out.

Pick up a free animal trail from the ticket box on your next visit, and hunt out the ten wooden animals as you wander our ten acres of gardens. Each animal has been hand painted by our talented head gardener Mark and carefully chosen to represent animals and wildlife you might actually see in the gardens. Have fun hunting little ones!

Events at Mount Ephraim 

Mount Ephraim Gardens are proud to host a number of special events throughout the season which require pre-booking online, more information on the dedicated Mount Ephraim Events webpage


The Gardens and Tea Room will open on 1st April 2023 on Wednesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 11 am to 5 pm, until 30 September. The last entry into the Gardens on all opening days is 4 pm. We are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays and will be closed for a festival for a full week between 14-22 August.

Unless you are attending a special event (see events page for details and dates – next event on 30 Apr & 1 May), we do not offer online ticketing, and you do not need to pre-book your garden visit and will be able to pay on arrival during normal garden opening hours. Contactless Payments preferred, please.

Adults, £8
Children (aged 4-16), £3
Wheelchair Users/People with restricted mobility, £3 – please note our gardens are only partially accessible for wheelchair users. Read our full access statement here
Family (2 adults + 2 children), £20
Children under 4 and Carers are free

Discounted Tickets/Memberships
We welcome Historic Houses Members. Please show your membership card on arrival for free entry into the gardens. We also welcome Gardener’s World and Visit Kent 2 for 1 offers. Please bring your valid discount cards with you to show on arrival. Please note we don’t accept HH membership or 2 for 1 offers on event days. We do not offer concessions but carers can come in for free.

Offering unlimited visits to the gardens during normal opening times (excluding third party organised events such as festival and outdoor theatre productions), 10% off food and drink in the tea room, and free entry to our Mount Ephraim organised garden events, season tickets for 2023 are available to buy online. Please note our online price includes an extra £1 for postage and packaging and please allow up to 5 working days to receive your tickets. They will also be available in person from our ticket box on opening days from 1st April 2023, so you can pick one up on your first visit to the gardens this year.

Adults, £25
Children (aged 4-16), £10
Family (2 adults + 2 children), £55


Staplestreet Hernhill Faversham Kent
ME13 9TX


Opening Times

Garden Opening Times The gardens are open between April and September on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between 11am and 5pm (last entry 4pm). The gardens will be closed for a festival for a full week between 14-22 August.

Coaches welcome
Conference / Meeting facilities
Groups welcome
Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
Guided tours
Pets welcome
Restaurant / Cafe / Tea shop
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