The Yew Walk at The Courts Garden, Wiltshire, in June. The church in view in the distance is not National Trust.

We have many parks and gardens close by for you to visit during your stay. Many local private gardens open for charity during the spring and summer. These are advertised locally and it is best to ask either Harry or Douglas as you arrive to find out if any are open during your stay.

However some of the best gardens are a short drive away.

Places to visit

In Bath

  • Victoria Park and Botanical Gardens – you can get married here, catch a balloon ride or just enjoy the lovely planting
  • Prior Park – Seen from outside our front door ( on the other side of the river) it has one of only 4 palladian  bridges in Europe – with archaeological graffitti!
  • Alexandra Park – On the South side of Bath it has the most magnificent views across the Georgian town
  • Paradise Gardens – On Sunday afternoons listen to the band playing whilst sitting on the banks of the river eating a lovely cream tea!
  • Gardens at the Bath Priory Hotel – why not book a meal with guided tour of the gardens or just have afternoon tea on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful surroundings

Outside Bath

  • Courts Gardens, Holt 20 minutes  – our favourite place! Beautiful herbaceous borders, orchard and potager – and the best tea room ever!
  • Rococo Gardens, Painswick – 40 minutes – think 4 wedding and a funeral with magnificent ornamental vegetable garden
  • Stourhead – 45 minutes  – at the forefront of  the 18th century landscape movement
  • Kilver Court Shepton Mallet – 30 minutes – Beautiful rockery garden first created over 100 years ago by Ernest Jardine, a progressive industrialist, who wanted to give his workforce inspirational working conditions
  • Lavender Farm Faulkland Somerset 25 minutes – best ealry June  to late July  In the Lavender Field, walk through the field and absorb the sight of more than 50,000 Lavender plants with bees humming,
  • Iford Manor  – 25 minutes – they have an opera season
  • Westonbirt Arboretum 45 minutes great in the Autumn
  • Royal Gardens at Highgrove 45 minutes – need to book in advance and take passport

Top tips

  1. Many of the gardens have seasonal highlights. For more information go to their websites or speak to Harry
  2. The National Garden Scheme operates to open private gardens  to the public – normally for a small charge which goes to charity. It is a great way to discover the quintessentially English garden . To find out what is on during your time in and around Bath go to www.ngs.org.uk
  3. Wear sensible shoes!