Gardens to Visit in Herefordshire

This large county has many historic houses, unfortunately very few of these are open to the public. Of those that are open, many contain important plant collections, such as Hergest Croft and Eastnor Castle; which both have significant groups of large mature trees. There are also a number of first class contemporary gardens and many gardens make use of the county's fine views, especially along the Wye Valley.

Berrington Hall

© National Trust Images/Eleanor Dobson

This majestic hall is surrounded by acres of rolling parkland, developed by Capability Brown in 1780. The ancient woodland has a large collection of Azaleas and Rhododendrons, that are at their best in May. The old walled kitchen garden contains an important collection of native apple and pear tree species.

Facilities: parking, restaurant
Open: March to October
Address: Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 ODW
Tel: 01568 615721 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Brockhampton Estate

© National Trust Images/Robert Morris

This beautiful medieval timber framed manor house is set in a vast acreage of ancient woodland and parkland. The gardens around the house have been developed over the last 600 years. The borders at the front of the house are laid out in a cottage style that provide a splendid summer display. There are also 50 hectares of orchard on the estate, which is part of an ongoing restoration project.

Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: April to October
Address: Brockhampton WR6 5TB
Tel: 01885 482077 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Hampton Court Castle

© Jonathan Billinger (CC2)

A 15th-c. Grade I listed castle with spectacular formal gardens, which contain mature trees, large herbaceous borders, formal parterres, pavilions, pergolas, a kitchen garden and a maze with a Gothic tower. The garden retains its original formal pattern of squares and rectangles, separated during Victorian times by brick walls.

Facilities: parking, restaurant
Open: March to late summer
Address: Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 OPN
Tel: 01568 797 777
Web: hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk

Hergest Croft

© Andrew Jones (CC2)

Fine old Edwardian house with an old fashioned kitchen garden and lovely woodland walks, plus a hidden valley with giant rhododendrons. The site provides all year round interest, from massed spring bulbs to blazing summer herbaceous borders, followed by rich autumn colours from its extensive collection of deciduous trees and shrubs.

Facilities: parking, cafe
Open: April to October
Address: Kingstone, Herefordshire HR5 3EG
Tel: 01544 230160
Web: hergest.co.uk

Ralph Court

Foxglove Tree (Paulownia tomentosa) © SG

A Gothic style rectory set in a series of fantasy themed gardens that will enchant and amaze the whole family. Includes an African jungle, an 'Alice in Wonderland' garden, a tropical pirate domain, tranquil Japanese garden and a formal Italianate garden, complete with a Piazza and church.

Facilities: parking, tea room
Open: March to Late Summer
Address: Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard HR7 4LU
Tel: 01885 483225
Web: ralphcourtgardens.co.uk

Weir Gardens

© Derek Voller (CC2)

Beautiful landscape located by the tranquil banks of the River Wye, with woodland walks and a working walled kitchen garden. A splendid carpets of bulbs can be viewed in the spring and in summer visitors can enjoy riverside walks and watch the wildlife.

Facilities: parking, shop
Open: Late January to October
Address: HR4 7QF
Tel: 01981 590509 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk


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