Productive and beautiful Cape Wineland garden with world-class facilities.
Located in the premier wine-growing region of the Cape Winelands against the backdrop of the Simonsberg Mountains, Babylonstoren has become a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Dating back to 1692, the historic fruit and wine farm was skilfully reimagined by its current owners ten years ago.
Beloved for its garden that is laid out over 3,5 magnificent hectares (8 acres), the structure divides into 15 sections that include fruit, berries, bees for pollinating, indigenous plants, fragrant lawns, a prickly pear maze, a clivia tunnel and a plethora of trees of historical and botanical import.
The design was inspired by the historic Company's Garden in Cape Town, which for centuries supplied ships sailing between Europe and Asia with vegetables and fruit. It also makes a playful nod to the mythological Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Those were (possibly erroneously) thought to have been created by Nebuchadnezzar in the sixth century BC, for his wife who longed for the mountains and valleys of her youth.
Together with the main garden, there is a Healing Garden with species said to cure an array of ailments (not all medically guaranteed, like those for a pining heart!), a splendid succulent collection and the Spice Garden – which tells the story of the spice trade with the East, and exhibits the main spices.
Along the edge of the garden, a natural stream flows from the Simonsberg mountain to the Berg River. In the shade of wild olives, a collection of more than 7000 Clivia lilies bloom spectacularly every spring.
In early summer the chamomile lawn becomes a soft and aromatic carpet, while 41 rose towers are covered with fragrant heritage varieties.
Diversity is a trademark of the garden, which is the only Royal Horticultural Society Partner in Africa. It features over 300 varieties of trees alone, thousands of plant species. Curiously, everything planted in the formal section has edible or has medicinal value.
Every aspect of Babylonstoren is informed by the ever-changing tapestry and botanical diversity of the garden – this includes the contemporary Farm Hotel and Garden Spa, the Farm Shop, Barn, farm-to-fork restaurants and function venues.
Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Food Stall (Food and Drink), Cafe/Restaurant, Cafe/Restaurant - Outdoor Seating, Cafe/Restaurant - Indoor Seating, Car Park (Free), Gift Shop, Plant Shop/Small Nursery, Farm Shop, Lekker Room (with treats such as roasted nuts and steaming coffee), Bakery, Meat Room, Scented Room, Honey Room, Balsamic Vinegar Cellar, Soap Factory, Essential Oil Distillery, Tasting Room
Winter: Winter Garden
Year-Round: Formal Garden, Kitchen Garden, Vegetable Garden, Herb Garden, Greenhouses/Glasshouses
Additional features: Succulent House, Clivia Lily Collection (Spring), Spice House, Rose Towers (Summer), Prickly Pear Maze
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Adults R20; Children R10.
Concessions: Not available.
Season ticket prices: Visiting Babylonstoren? Use your unique code provided at the point of purchase to activate your 12 month Babylonstoren Garden membership in the Candide app.
Good to Know
Dog Walking: No - Guide dogs only.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved) - Kindly note that pathways in the garden are gravel and covered with peach pips, which make it challenging for wheelchairs (as well as parents with pushchairs). We do not have staff available to escort guests but offer wheelchairs at the Farm Shop for those with strong family members or friends who can assist.
Wheelchair Hire: Yes - We do not have staff available to escort guests but offer wheelchairs at the Farm Shop for those with strong family members of friends who can assist.
Bicycle Storage: Yes - Bicycles are only allowed to be used on site by our hotel guests.
Public Transport: Yes - We are located a 45 minute drive outside of Cape Town. Public transport options range from buses to Uber.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using Babylonstoren Farm Klapmuts/Simondium Road Franschhoek Western Cape 7670.
Last Entry: Same as 'Closing Time'.
Additional Information: Sign up for Babylonstoren Garden Membership through the free Candide gardening app and enjoy unlimited admission to Babylonstoren for 12 months.
Size of Site: 8 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by Babylonstoren in 2021.