Gardens to Visit in Wiltshire

Avebury Manor

Walled Garden in Summer © Seasonal Gardening

A medieval style walled garden, with formal beds, clipped topiary, a 16th-c. dovecote and an ornate Italianate walkway.

Facilities: parking, cafe, restaurant
Open: April to October
Address: High Street, Avebury SN8 1RF
Tel: 01672 538016 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Bowood House

R. 'ptarmegan' © Seasonal Gardening

Listed Georgian country house surrounded by elegant terraced gardens. The terraces overlook a 40-acre lake, with extensive landscaped parkland, laid-out in the 18th century by Capability Brown. The woodlands are awash with bluebells and dazzling rhododendrons in spring.

Hotel, Spa & Golf Course. Outdoor playground for the children.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, accommodation
Open: April to October
Address: Derry Hill, Calne SN11 9PQ
Tel: 01249 812102
Web: bowood.org

Corsham Court

Corsham Front Facade © Trevor Rickard (CC2)

A Capability Brown landscape of some considerable charm, with sweeping lawns and mature trees. Near to the house are some lovely formal gardens with flowering shrubs, herbaceous borders and a fine Georgian bath house.

Facilities: parking, shop
Open: all year
Address: Corsham, SN13 0BZ
Tel: 01249 701610
Web: corsham-court.co.uk

The Courts Garden

© National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Charming English country garden with water features, topiary and many fine specimen trees. A network of stone paths, yew hedges, pools and long herbaceous borders knit these exquisite gardens together. The peaceful water gardens are planted with lilies and irises and the mature arboretum is under-planted with spring bulbs. (House not open to public)

Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: March to October
Address: Holt, Wiltshire BA14 6RR
Tel: 01225 782875 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Heale Gardens

Rosa moschata (ASP)

Over eight acres of beautifully laid out gardens, spreading along the banks of the River Avon. The core design has remained unchanged over the centuries. The formal hedged and walled gardens contain a varied collection of plants, shrubs and musk roses. There is also a tranquil Japanese water garden.

Facilities: parking, cafe, plant centre, shop
Open: February to October
Address: Middle Woodford, Wiltshire SP4 6NT
Tel: 01722 782504
Web: healegarden.co.uk

Larmer Tree Gardens

Ornate Buildings © Nigel Freeman (CC2)

Created as a Victorian public pleasure park in 1880 by General Pitt Rivers. Contains an eclectic mix of ornate buildings, follies, temples and statues. All set in a lush garden of magnificent trees, shrubs, lawns, meadows, ponds and wooded glades.

Facilities: parking, cafe, restaurant, shop
Open: April to December
Address: Tollard Royal, Wiltshire SP5 5PY
Tel: 01725 516225
Web: larmertreegardens.co.uk

Iford Manor

Topiary garden © Humphrey Bolton (CC2)

Located in an idyllic setting in the Frome Valley. Early 19th-c. Italianate garden by Harold Peto, laid out on steep terraced slopes with pools, playful fountains, statues and clipped evergreens. Concerts and Operas play on Sunday afternoons from mid-summer to August.

Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: May to September
Address: Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA
Tel: 01225 863146
Web: ifordmanor.co.uk/

Stourhead

Famous Lake View © Seasonal Gardening

One of England's finest landscaped gardens, developed by Henry Hoare around 1740-80. Sweeping lawns lead down to a beautiful lake, with mature trees, flowering shrubs and luscious planting schemes. Packed with grand architectural features such as classical temples, statues, fine stone bridges and hidden grottos. Excellent autumn colour is provided by the many rare and mature trees that cover its slopes.

Facilities: parking, restaurant, shop, plant sales
Open: all year
Address: Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QD
Tel: 01747 841152 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Stourton House

H. macrophylla normalis © Seasonal Gardening

Beautifully maintained flower gardens, located in the charming village of Stourton. Grass paths lead through a plethora of unusual plants and exotic flowers. Rich colour in every season from massed daffodils in spring to delphiniums and hydrangeas in late summer. The grounds are a haven for birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

Facilities: parking, cafe, shop, garden centre
Open: April to November
Address: Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF
Tel: 01747 840 417
Web: N/A


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