Garden Tours

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.

There is also a chance to attend a Head Gardener Tour, these are aimed more towards keen gardeners looking to expand their knowledge and gain some insights into how we at Bowood deal with the many challenges our dedicated team of gardener’s face.

Also NEW for 2023 a chance to book onto one of our individual Woodland Gardens Guided tours only available on set dates throughout the 6 weeks the Woodland Gardens are open for, a seperate attraction to the House & Gardens.

Please note these tours must be pre booked.

Lord and Lady Lansdowne's Private Walled Garden Tours

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  – £36.50 per person

2023 dates as below:

  • Friday 28th April
  • Friday 12th May
  • Thursday 18th May
  • Wednesday 31st May
  • Monday 5th June
  • Thursday 15th June
  • Thursday 22nd June
  • Friday 30th June
  • Thursday 6th July
  • Wednesday 12th July
  • Wednesday 19th July
  • Friday 4th August
  • Friday 1st September
  • Friday 8th September

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 are welcome to wander the gardens, grounds, and Bowood House at your leisure and then enjoy a one course lunch in The Stables.

Afternoon Tours including a Cream Tea  – £33.00 per person

2023 dates as below.

  • Friday 30th June
  • Wednesday 19th July
  • Friday 4th August

Meet at Admissions for 13:00, where you will be met by a tour guide. The tour includes a 90-minute guided tour. After or before your tour, you are welcome to wander the gardens, grounds, and Bowood House at your leisure. Then after the tour enjoy a Cream Tea. Please note Bowood House & Gardens opens from 10:00am and closes at 5:00pm.

Please note, these tours require 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, there is also steps leading down into the lower terrace.

Season Ticket Holders receive 10% discount on Private Walled Garden Tours, please contact houseandgardens@bowood.org with the date you would like to book onto and your season ticket number.

For more information about what there is to see within the Private Walled Garden, please VIEW HERE.

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Head Gardener Tours

This tour is aimed more towards keen gardeners looking to expand their knowledge and gain some insights into how we at Bowood deal with the many challenges our dedicated team of gardener’s face.

Head Gardener Tours
Our Head Gardener David Glass will meet you at the House & Gardens admissions for 10:45am. Followed by a 90-minute guided tour of the Private Walled Garden, with detailed information on the history of the garden and what it takes to take care of the gardens and grounds at Bowood throughout the year. Following the tour, you are welcome to wander the gardens, grounds, and Bowood House at your leisure.

  • Thursday 27th April
  • Thursday 25th May
  • Friday 23rd June
  • Friday 14th July

£39.50 per person to include a one course lunch in The Stables. 

Please note, these tours require 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, there is also steps leading down into the lower terrace.

For more information and what you can expect to see on each tour, please VIEW HERE.

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NEW for 2023, Woodland Garden Guided Tours

Brand new for 2023, join an exclusive guided tour of Bowood’s spectacular Woodland Gardens.

As you are led along the rides by your expert tour guide, each step opens a new vista of breathtaking beauty, from the minute detail of the individual flower to the grand sweep of colours formed by hundreds of shrubs.

Tour length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Arrival time: 10:30am

Price: £24.00 per person

Includes: Entrance to Woodland Gardens and a Guided Tour, after the tour, you can enjoy a Tea or Coffee and cake from The Noshbox. You are then welcome to wander the Woodland Gardens at your leisure until 17:00hrs.

Dates available for a Woodland Garden Guided Tour:

  • Wednesday 26th April
  • Wednesday 3rd May
  • Wednesday 10th May
  • Wednesday 17th May
  • Wednesday 24th May

Tours must be pre booked in advance.

Maximum 15 people on a tour.

Please arrive at the Woodland Gardens Admissions hut at 10:30am where you will be met by your tour guide.

Please note: The tour requires around 90 minutes of walking, with limited seating. The paths around the Woodland Gardens can be uneven, and steep in places, therefore those with mobility issues may find the terrain difficult.

Directions: Bowood Woodland Gardens are a separate attraction to Bowood House & Gardens and have a separate entrance off the A342, Devizes Road, between Derry Hill and Sandy Lane villages. If using Sat Nav please use the postcode SN11 9PG.

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