Lukesland is a 24-acre family-run garden in Dartmoor National Park, on the edge of Ivybridge, in the South Hams, Devon. Visiting Lukesland is a great family day out. Children go free and dogs are welcome on a lead. Set in the picturesque valley of the Addicombe Brook, Lukesland is well-loved for its wonderful range of spring and autumn flowering shrubs and specimen trees, some dating from Victorian times.
OPENINGS UPDATE 12TH APRIL 2021 - THE TEA ROOM RE-OPENS!
Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are permitted at Lukesland.
Pre-booking is not required, but we reserve the right to limit entry, in the unlikely event of numbers being too great.
The toilets are open.
WHAT YOU WILL SEE
Throughout the season you will see the clear waters of the stream cascading over waterfalls and lying tranquil in the ponds. The garden is based around numerous islands and bridges, which makes it great fun for all age groups to explore. There is something unexpected around every corner!
At the latest count (May 2015) there are now 4 National champion trees in the garden, 4 English champions and 25 Devon champions. The famous Magnolia Campbellii has been slightly outgrown in girth by a couple at Borde Hill in Sussex, "but would be the champion for spread if we counted this" Owen Johnson, National Tree Register.
Tree lists are available on request in the tea room.
Following government guidelines the Lukesland tearoom will start serving it's usual delicious soup and cakes from Wednesday 14 April 2021. Covered outside seating is provided. Masks must be worn while ordering. Payment can be cash or card.
The valley in which the garden is situated gives a great landscape but unfortunately limits access for those with mobility problems. However, special disabled parking is provided on the level terrace in front of the house. There is wheelchair access to the Old Pond and the charming Walled Garden, a sun-trap where the scent of wisteria fills the air as you look across to the banks of rhododendrons beyond the Fountain Pond.
Wheelchair users are given free access to the garden.
Toilets are located in the Courtyard, accessible through the Archway at the back of the house. There is now a toilet for the disabled.
Lukesland Gardens is a great place for children of all ages. The numerous paths, bridges and tunnels through the bushes are just made for exuberant exploration. It is just the ideal place to run off Sunday lunch.
Each year we have a new trail or treasure hunt for children. This is mainly for fun, but is also educational. Over the years these have become very popular and help families to see more of the gardens and learn about the different plants.
We have also added a new Sound and Story Garden, where children can play with some unusual instruments and let their imaginations run free.
We make no charge for children because we want Lukesland to be a place for family enjoyment (and the trail leaflet is only £1).
Please note, however, that while children can go almost anywhere, deep water in the pools means that parents must keep an eye on younger children.
Visitors arriving on foot, bicycle or horseback: £5.50
Children under 16 and wheelchair-users go free. Parking is also free with disabled parking available.
Annual tickets are available for £20, allowing unlimited entry on normal opening days in 2021.
NEW FOR 2021: Card as well as cash payment taken at the gate
Dogs welcome on a lead
Lukesland Gardens and the tea room are available for hire for private events. From weddings to special birthday or anniversary parties to workshops or corporate events, Lukesland may offer the peaceful but accessible setting you are looking for. The new tea room includes a fully equipped kitchen and there is space on site for a marquee should you require additional space.
Please get in touch via the green button for additional information and rates.