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Mount Ephraim Gardens

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Heritage and Gardens
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 For use after 2 June.

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 at 

COVID-19 update

Read our Covid 19 FAQs on the measures we have put in place to ensure everyone’s safety and to help you plan your visit.


Garden Admission Prices 2021 Adults £7.00 Children (4-16yrs) £2.50 Children 3yrs and under* FREE Family ticket 2 adults 2+ children £17 Wheelchair users £1.00 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. Season Tickets 2021 Season Tickets are available to purchase from our ticket box giving you unlimited access to the gardens on normal opening days during our garden season. Tickets include access to Mount Ephraim organised events but not third party events such as festivals and outdoor theatre productions. You will not need to pre-book your visit except for our popular garden events when you will need to register in advance to attend for free – see Mount Ephraim's website What’s On page for dates of these events. Family Season Tickets (2 adults, 2+ children) £50.00 Single Adult Season Tickets £22.00 Single Child Season Ticket (4-16 years) £8


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 between 18-24 August 2021 for A New Day Festival. You do not need to pre-book except for special events You will 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. You will however need to pre-book online for our special garden events including Wine and Rose on 13 June, Cherry Day on 4 July and Apple Sunday on 19 September. For more information on our special events visit We close for winter but may have some occasional garden openings in March and October which we will be advertised on Mount Ephraim's website and social media.

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