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Private Walled Gardens

On selected dates throughout the season, exclusive guided tours of the Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne’s Private Walled gardens offer a unique opportunity to enjoy the remarkable gardens surrounding Bowood House.

Visitors are guided round the House’s imposing Terraces before entering the Private Gardens through a “secret” door.  Once within the Private Gardens, guests enjoy an exclusive insight into the distinctly different one-acre squares within the garden, including beautiful formal borders, a picking garden, glass houses and a working kitchen garden that provides fresh fruit and vegetables for the Bowood Hotel and House Restaurant.

After enjoying the Private Gardens, the Tour Guide will lead guests into the beautiful grounds and take in Hamilton’s cascade and Doric Temple before returning to the House via the Arboretum for a mouthwatering two course lunch in the House Restaurant.

After lunch guests can enjoy the House & Gardens at their leisure.

Individuals may join any date (listed below) for £34.00 per person and gift vouchers are available for Guided Tours.  For groups of 20 or more, a tour can be organised on any weekday of your choice for £32.00 per person. View group tours.

2017 Individual Tour Dates

Friday 18th August

Wednesday 6th September
Wednesday 4th October

The day itinerary:

  • 11am – Meet at the Admissions Kiosk (next to the Tree House Cafe)
  • 11am – Tea & Coffee on arrival served in the Stables Restaurant
  • 11:30am – A guided tour of the Terraces, Private Walled Gardens and Pleasure Grounds (approx 60 minutes)
  • 1pm – 2 course lunch served in the Stables Restaurant
  • For the rest of the day you are able to enjoy the House & Gardens for yourself.



Just a note to thank you and the staff for the wonderful visit we had to Bowood yesterday. Everything went extremely well. Everyone was raving about the wonderful service, friendly staff and, of course, great food in the Restaurant. And they also found the visit to the house extremely interesting, made all the more so by two wonderful guides. Of course the weather contributed a great deal to the visit. We could not have chosen a better day. Again, many thanks. We shall certainly recommend Bowood to the groups in our area.

GX Probus Club

I just wanted to send a message on behalf of all my guests to say a massive thank you for having us at Bowood yesterday.  We enjoyed delicious coffee and biscuits, Jophy was a very patient guide (with my sometimes free-range guests) and David and Rob were an added bonus, and lunch was really, really delicious – one of the best we have had on a tour anywhere, and all beautifully laid up.  All the Bowood staff were very courteous and really helpful in every way. Most of all, the gardens were looking completely sublime – A perfect moment for all the roses and so on.

Veronica Mackinnon

For more information, to book your place or purchase a gift voucher for a Guided Walled Garden Tour please email or telephone 01249 810961.

What’s On

Sat 26

Great British Food Festival – Saturday 26th August 2017

August 26 @ 10:00 am - August 28 @ 5:00 pm
Bowood House events field
SN11 0LZ
01249 812102