What is the best thing about the place/attraction?
Originally designed in a Gardenesque style, which was very popular in Victorian times, it’s a nice park where you can stroll around leisurely. It incorporates the national collections of Weigela, and Diervilla, and displays Asian, American and temperate climate species, apart from local plants. A number of festivals and events throughout the Summer months, such as Music in the Gardens, Theatre in the Gardens and Art in the Gardens attract thousands of visitors, bringing the place to life.
When is the best time to visit?
It’s open from 08:00 am on weekdays and 10:00 on weekends and Bank Holidays, apart from Christmas Day. It is particularly nice in the morning during Spring time, when trees are in bloom, or in the Autumn, with all the colour changes.
The Curator’s House Restaurant and Tea Room is an independent café bistro within the grounds serving breakfast, lunch and cream teas. There are several picnic areas and toilets are located near the main entrance and the South Lodge.
There are paved pathways around all the garden, but it is set on a hilly spot, so be prepared to use your muscles!
If you go there, don’t miss…
The Rose Gardens and the Four Seasons gardens are ever changing displays. The bear pit is a fun attraction too, particularly if you are visiting with children.