Woodland Gardens

Bowood Woodland Gardens will reopen in 2021.

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.

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 are now closed and will re-open again mid-April to early June 2021, during the flowering season.

Forthcoming Special Events