Now opening Friday 19th April, tickets available online

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Woodland Gardens

Opening Friday 19th April – Early June, according to the flowering season. 11am – 6pm daily, last admissions at 5pm.

Plants in Bloom: As of Thursday 18th April 2019

  • Bluebells – Beginning to emerge
  • Magnolias – Blooms are holding on through the recent frosts
  • Loderi Rhododendrons – Beginning to emerge

Lord Lansdowne has advised the Woodland Gardens will be at their best between 1st – 7th May 2019.

There are over two miles of pathways throughout the Woodland Gardens. A specific route is mapped out as the ‘Walk of the Week’ to take you through the best display of flowers.


The Nosh Box is back for it’s third season, serving tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.

Parking is available, free of charge, adjacent to the Admissions Kiosk.

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 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.

Dogs welcome at the Woodland Gardens

The perfect walk, with ‘man’s best friend’ over two miles of winding paths intersecting the valleys.

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Bowood offers discounted admissions for visitors with disabilities and their carers or assistants. These tickets can only be purchased on the day of visit and cannot be bought online.

The Woodland Gardens will be open from Friday 19th April 2019 during the flowering season, closing early June.

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