Capability Browns Award-Winning Gardens

Regarded to be one of the best preserved examples of a ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland. Bowood is also recognised for its award-winning walled gardens, an Italian-inspired terrace garden, an ever-changing herbaceous border and the most remarkable of all, The Woodland Gardens.

Lord and Lady Lansdowne's Private Walled Garden

On selective dates throughout the season you can purchase a place on an exclusive guided tour.

Tailored to the season and the flowers in bloom, each month we hold a guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden. Entered through a secret door are the historic four acre walled gardens, divided into four one-acre squares of distinctly different gardens. Including a formal border, a picking garden, working greenhouses and a kitchen garden full of fruits and vegetables.


Head Gardener Tour With David Glass

New for 2020.

New for 2020, enjoy a fascinating tour of Bowood’s spectacular gardens, with David Glass, Bowood’s Head Gardener for over 13 years.

This exclusive experience includes a 90 minute guided tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s private walled garden with Bowood’s Head Gardener David Glass. Also included is general admission to Bowood House & Gardens, followed by a one course lunch served in the Stables Restaurant.

With 3 dates available, click here for more information.


The Woodland Gardens

A spectacular attraction offering breathtaking vistas of colour and beauty. The Woodland Gardens are currently closed.

A separate attraction on the Bowood Estate, only open for 6 weeks during the flowering season. Covering over 30 acres, this garden is an oasis of bluebells, azaleas, magnolias and rhododendrons. Considered to be one of the most exciting gardens of its type in the country with over 30 hardy hybrids, which were thought to be extinct.


Bowood's Arboretum

A collection of over 700 species of trees.

The Arboretum, located behind the Private Walled Gardens, is full of interesting and unusual trees and shrubs. Designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in 1762, it retains much of his original vision. Walking through the Arboretum an extensive range of trees can be explored, including 24 Champion trees – the tallest or largest of their kind in Britain.


Bowood's Terrace Gardens

An Italian-inspired garden, providing visitors with a tranquil experience.

Fountains of trickling water are surrounded by colourful formal beds edged with box hedging. The upper and lower terraces are separated by ornamental stone balustrades decorated with urns overflowing with colourful plants. Spring brings delightful tulips, succeeded in summer by aliums and Corinda geraniums. The summer roses on the upper terrace provide a profusion of fragrant blossoms.


Herbaceous East Border

A beautiful border bursting with vibrant plants.

The herbaceous border radiates colour from spring through to the first winter frosts, combining a range of plants that will inspire and surprise any garden enthusiast.  Each month the border reveals new colours, shapes and textures. The view from the border across the lake to the Doric Temple is spectacular.


'Capability' Brown Parkland

Where better to enjoy the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, than at Bowood?

Regarded to be one of his finest examples in the country, with a flowing mix of plantations and sweeping lawns leading down to a winding mile-long lake.


Cascade, Doric Temple and The Hermits Cave

Visitors can explore at their leisure, 100 acres of pleasure grounds.

Visit the Arboretum, the Cascade, Doric Temple, Hermits Cave and the lake itself.  Unfortunately dogs are not permitted within the grounds of Bowood House & Gardens.

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