Woodland Gardens

The Woodland Gardens will be open April 2019 during the flowering season.

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.

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’.

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.  The Woodland Gardens will be open April 2019 during the flowering season.

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.  The Woodland Gardens will be open April 2019 during the flowering season.