Gardens to Visit in Shropshire

Sadly, very few of the many splendid historic gardens in this remote and rocky county are open to the public. The the most notable exception to this rule are the splendid Grade 1 gardens at Hawkstone, which has one of the best collections of conifer trees in Shropshire.

Burford House

Large Clematis Flower

Clematis paradise © Seasonal Gardening

Georgian mansion set within lavish riverside gardens that house the National Clematis Collection (with over 350 varieties). Located on the banks of the River Teme, it was laid out by John Treasure in 1952, in a fluid design. With wide lawns, herbaceous borders, water gardens and mature woodlands. Across the river you will find naturalistic plantings of bulbs and wildflowers.

Facilities: parking, shop, restaurant, plant sales
Open: all year, daily (Exc. Xmas)
Address: Tenbury Wells, Worc. WR15 8HQ
Tel: 01584 810777
Web: burford.co.uk/

Dudmaston

© National Trust Images/James Dobson

Late 17th-c house, surrounded by extensive gardens and parkland with beautiful lakeside walks. There is a fine collection of trees and shrubs, sourced by generations of plantsmen over the last few centuries. The scene is a real delight in spring, with Rhododendrons, magnolias, daffodils and primroses. Highlights include a delightful red sandstone rock garden, bog garden and well stocked herbaceous borders.

Facilities: parking, shop, café
Open: March to September
Address: Quatt, Shropshire, WV15 6QN
Tel: 01746 780866 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Hawkstone Park

Grotto Hill, Hawkstone Park © Chris Gunns (CC2)

A unique historic landscape of tree lined hills, sandstone cliffs, deep ravines and ornamental follies - crafted by Sir Rowland Hill and his son in 1750. A 150 spiral step climb to the top of the highest hill rewards adventurous visitors with a fine view across 13 counties. The estate covers around 700 acres and will require the best part of a day to discover all of its treasures.

Facilities: parking, refreshments
Open: all year - limited opening in winter.
Address: Shrewsbury SY4 5JY
Tel: 01948 841700
Web: hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

Hodnet Hall

Hodnet Hall from the lake © Pip Rolls (CC2)

Over 60 acres of woodland, shrubs and plants have been carefully selected to provide a long season of interest, from a spring too late autumn. Packed flower borders, mature trees and sweeping lawns, are all augmented by a series of ornamental pools that run along the garden valley, providing the perfect habitat for wildlife and birds.

Facilities: parking, shop, restaurant, plant sales
Open: April to September
Address: Hodnet, Market Drayton TF9 3NN
Tel: 01630 685786
Web: hodnethallgardens.org

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Gardens by David Mark (CC0)

A 12th-c fortified manor, surrounded by a moat and some of the most delightful old English cottage gardens.

Facilities: parking
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Ludlow Rd, Craven Arms SY7 9AH
Tel: 01588 672544 - Run By English Heritage
Web: english-heritage.org.uk

Wollerton Old Hall

Wollerton Old Hall gardens ©Steve Whalley (CC2)

Extensive plantsmans' garden divided into a number of individual garden rooms, each with a strong formal design. Contains an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, all arranged in good plant combinations, with emphasis on colour and form. Many rare and unusual plants can be discovered here.

Facilities: parking, tea rooms, plant sales
Open: Easter to August
Address: Wollerton Market, Drayton TF9 3NA
Tel: 01630 685760
Web: wollertonoldhallgarden.com


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