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Visit A:  Wednesday 8 May  

Bowood Woodland Garden, Bowood House & Gardens with tour of Lord & Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden, Wiltshire

Executive coach with toilet

Depart 9.15am, Woodland Garden 10.30-11.45am, Main estate 12pm -4.45pm return 6pm. 

Cost: Senior 60+ £39.50, Adult £40.50, RHS member (senior or adult) £32.50


 We have decided to visit Bowood in Spring to take advantage of the chance to visit the Woodland Garden, which is at a separate site to the main House and Gardens, open only for about six weeks each year during the flowering season.  On arrival we are free to explore the 30-acre woodland gardens, where there are some steep paths as it is set on a hillside. The magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas should be in full bloom with carpets of bluebells in the woodland. There is a refreshment kiosk The Nosh Box serving hot drinks and cakes, and there are toilets at the entrance to the garden.

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 Image: Anna Stowe Photography                                                        Bowood Woodland Garden

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Image: Anna Stowe Photography                                                        Bowood Private Walled  Garden

 We will then get back on the coach for the ten-minute drive round to the main site in time for a look round the arboretum and then lunch either in The Treehouse Café by the main entrance or bring a picnic (please note there is no indoor shelter). During the afternoon we will split into two or three groups to have a 90-minute guided tour of the Lord and Lady Lansdowne’s Private Walled Garden, which is only normally available on an occasional, pre-booked basis. Entered via a secret door, the garden is laid out in four distinctly different one-acre squares.   The tours are tailored to suit the season and whilst the roses will not be in bloom, we hope to see the wisteria cascading over the high walls. The tour will also include a look at the Italian-inspired terrace garden and the herbaceous East border adjacent to the house.  Please note there are limited seating facilities during the tour – you will be on your feet for 90 minutes.

Before or after your tour you can visit the parkland designed by Capability Brown.  Walk along the lakeside to see the Hermit’s Cave and cascade before reaching the Doric Temple at the far side of the lake. Your ticket also includes entrance to Bowood House where you can explore the family library, chapel, the room where Dr Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen in 1774, the orangery, sculpture gallery and a range of exhibition rooms. There is a gift shop inside the house.

Sarah Davies

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