Gardens to Visit in Bedfordshire

The Swiss Garden

The Swiss Cottage © Seasonal Gardening

A unique 19th-c. ornamental garden with winding pathways that leading to tiny follies and ornately bridged streams and ponds. In the centre a Swiss style chalet rises above sweeping lawns, sheltered by tall trees, under planted with mature shrubs. During the spring the garden is ablaze with bulbs, primroses and rhododendrons. A good selection of old-fashioned roses bloom in summer.

Facilities: parking, café, shop, picnic area
Open: all year, daily (exc. Xmas)
Address: Old Warden Park SG18 9EP
Tel: 01767 627927

Woburn Abbey

Woburn Abbey Front Facade © John Fowler

The Abbey's lovely 42 acre Victorian gardens have recently undergone extensive restoration work. Features include richly planted herbaceous borders, a horn beam maze, a woodland garden, follies and a camellia house. There is also a kitchen garden, a fine rockery, grotto and a bog garden planted with carnivorous plants.

Facilities: parking, café, shop, picnic area
Open: April to September
Address: Woburn MK17 9WA
Tel: 01525290333

Wrest Park Gardens

Chinese Bridge (CC0)

One of the most spectacular gardens in England. These formal gardens were created over a span of 150 years, inspired by the gardens of Versailles. Highlights include a magnificent Orangery, Italian garden and parterre filled with impressive 19th-c. statues. Amongst the many follies and garden buildings is an 18th-c. pavilion designed by Thomas Archer, a bath house and a Chinese Pavilion.

Facilities: parking
Open: April to September
Address: Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire MK45 4HR
Tel: 01525 860152 - Owned by English Heritage

Due to the wide variations in opening times, and seasonal changes, we are only able to state the core months in which these gardens are open. For details of the actual days and times of opening, please visit the garden's website using the link provided or call them using the telephone number listed.

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