Woodland Gardens

Opening Saturday 28th April to early June, 11:00 am, last admissions at 05:00pm closing at 06:00 pm.

This is a spectacular attraction offering breathtaking vistas of colour and natural beauty. The woodland oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons cover 30 acres and is considered to be one of the most exciting gardens of its type.

Parking is located just outside the entrance to the Woodland Gardens with a catering hut offering hot drinks and homemade cakes.  There are over two miles of paths intersecting the Woodland Gardens. Each week a particular route is dedicated as the ‘Walk of the Week’.

The Woodland Gardens surround the family mausoleum, one of Robert Adam’s finest classical buildings, which was commissioned in 1761 by the widow of the 1st Earl of Shelburne. Recently, the Woodland Gardens have been the subject of one of the most exciting and significant horticultural finds – over 30 original hardy hybrids which were thought to be extinct.  The original plants date back to when the garden was first planted by the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne in 1854.  The present Marquis’s great grandfather substantially expanded the gardens on his return from India where he had been Viceroy.

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A horticulturist's paradise

The Jubilee Garden is a four acre section of planting within the Woodland Gardens.

Originally laid out around 1854 by the 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne. Maintaining this family tradition, the new addition to the Rhododendron Walks has involved a 12-year labour of love for the present Marquis, who started planting in the wood that is known as ‘The Jubilee Garden’ in 2006.

Dogs welcome at the Woodland Gardens

The perfect walk, with over two miles of winding paths intersecting the valleys.

Complimentary parking located outside the Woodland Gardens and well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. Bowood welcomes people with disabilities and offers half price admissions for visitors with disabilities and their carers/assistants.

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National Garden Scheme

Opening for charity – Friday 27th April.

The National Garden Scheme is a unique and extraordinary charity who last year donated a record of £3 million between Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Parkinson’s UK, MS Society, Hospice UK and many other charities. To offer our support to this wonderful charity Bowood is opening the Woodland Gardens on Friday 27th April, with all admissions being donated to The National Garden Scheme.