An award-winning garden made up of four distinctly different one-acre squares.
Welcomed by a profusion of colour and fragrance, from tulips, roses, lavender, peonies, hydrangeas, honeysuckle and many other plants. The garden includes a 250 metre formal borders, a picking garden, working greenhouses and a kitchen garden full of fruits and vegetables.
In spring, one of the most striking sights of all is the arched arbors covered with trailing wisteria flowers over the pathways. You will see our large selection of wall climbing plants and wall climbing roses. Also our spectacular mixed boarders. Visitors can learn which flowers thrive in the beating sun and the cool shady spots as you pass each border from north to south. You will be amazed by the inspiring use of wall space and vertical gardening. The long border still holds an Osmanthus Birkwood, planted by Sir Harold Hillier over forty years ago. It must now be a Champion, it is over eighteen feet high.
Closed to the public but available for group bookings and for visitors to book onto our Individual Private Walled Garden Guided Tours throughout the season.
Please note: The tour requires around 90 minutes of walking, with limited seating. The paths around the House and Grounds are gravel therefore Wheelchairs and Pushchairs may find it difficult. We have a ramp leading onto the top terrace, however there are steps leading to the lower terrace.
We offer a number of dates throughout the season to visit Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s award-winning Private Walled Garden. All tours are tailored to suit the season and the flowers in bloom; from wonderful wisteria to the vibrant wall of roses. Individuals can join a Private Walled Garden Tour.
Morning Tours including lunch – £33.00 per person
Meet at Admission at 10:45am, where you will be met by a tour guide. The tour includes a 90-minute guided tour. After the tour, you’ll enjoy lunch and then you are welcome to wander the gardens at your leisure.2022 available dates:
Afternoon Tours including a Cream Tea – £30.00 per person
Meet at Admission at 13:00, where you will be met by a tour guide. The tour includes a 90-minute guided tour. After or before the tour, you are welcome to wander the gardens, grounds, and Bowood House at your leisure. Then after your tour enjoy a Cream Tea. Please note Bowood House & Gardens opens from 11:00 and closes at 18:00.
2022 available dates:
2022 Season Ticket Holders receive 10% discount on Private Walled Garden Tours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the date you would like to book onto and your membership number.
A tour can be organised on a weekday of your choice with discounted rates.
Groups of 12 or more can enjoy an exclusive tour of Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s award-winning Private Walled Garden. A truly special experience as our experienced guides tailor each tour to suit the season and the flowers in bloom, from the trailing wisteria to a wall of climbing roses.
'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.'GX Probus Club
'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.'Veronica Mackinnon
We all had a wonderful day from start to finish. It was good to have coffee on arrival to help us unwind from our journey. Our Walled Garden guide, Jane, was excellent and informative without being too detailed and patient with the stragglers! The gardens looked wonderful in the sunshine. We all thought the lunch was delicious and the staff very attentive. We also enjoyed wandering around the house afterwards (very informative and amusing guides) and then sitting in the gardens. The vintage cars were an added treat.Mrs Evans