Gardens to Visit in Bedfordshire

The Swiss Garden

The Swiss Cottage © Seasonal Gardening

A unique 19th-c. ornamental garden with winding pathways that leading to tiny follies and ornately bridged streams and ponds. In the centre a Swiss style chalet rises above sweeping lawns, sheltered by tall trees, under planted with mature shrubs. During the spring the garden is ablaze with bulbs, primroses and rhododendrons. A good selection of old-fashioned roses bloom in summer.

Facilities: parking, café, shop, picnic area
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Old Warden Park SG18 9EP
Tel: 01767 627927
Web: shuttleworth.org

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey Front Facade © John Fowler

The Abbey's lovely 42 acre Victorian gardens have recently undergone extensive restoration work. Features include richly planted herbaceous borders, a horn beam maze, a woodland garden, follies and a camellia house. There is also a kitchen garden, a fine rockery, grotto and a bog garden planted with carnivorous plants.

Facilities: parking, café, shop, picnic area
Open: April to September
Address: Woburn MK17 9WA
Tel: 01525290333
Web: woburn.co.uk

Wrest Park Gardens

Chinese Bridge (CC0)

One of the most spectacular gardens in England. These formal gardens were created over a span of 150 years, inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Highlights include a magnificent Orangery, Italian garden and parterre filled with impressive 19th-c. statues. Amongst the many follies and garden buildings is an 18th-c. pavilion designed by Thomas Archer, a bath house and a Chinese Pavilion.

Facilities: parking
Open: April to September
Address: Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR
Tel: 01525 860152 - Owned by English Heritage
Web: english-heritage.org.uk


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