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Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon,
Cambridgeshire, PE28 2PQ

07802 282193

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Only open in 2016 on Sat 25th June and Sun 26th June 2016.As well as the Garden you will have the opportunity for viewing Show Gardens, Gardening Talks and Displays, Trade Stalls and much more.The Gardens open only for one weekend Every 2 Years.

25th & 26th June 2016 for our Bi Annual Charity Garden Show

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes

Open once every 2 years now for major Garden Festival 

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

25th & 26th June 2016 for our Bi Annual Charity Garden Show

To see:
Admission Prices

Adults £9 Children Under 15 - Free  

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: No
Other Facilities & Comments:

Friday 24th June 2016 - 7-9pm - The Gardens will host 'Diva Opera in the Garden' for Invited Guests.
Saturday 25th June 2016 5.30pm-9pm - Jazz Party in the Garden for Invited Guests
For an invitation to these two events please e mail -

Garden Features & Events

Major Charity Garden Show 25th - 26th June 2016

Gardens Open, Adult & Schools Garden Competitions, Gardening & Food Talks including Steve Brookes, BBC Presenter & Author 'The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World', Brass Bands, Silent Auction and Afternoon Teas.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:


Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Old Bridge Hotel, Huntingdon Magdalene House (B&B), Wyton Green (

Inns & Pubs:

Abbots Elm, Abbots Ripton PE28 2PA 

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

The gardens contain many fine old trees, including elms injected annually against Dutch elm disease, and some very rare ones, such as the lovely Acer Cappadocicum and the Fraxinus Angustifolia 'Raywood', whose leaves turn purple in autumn. Spectacular roses include the very old 'Rosa Shailer's White Moss' replanted in 1940 in the herbaceous border by Lord de Ramsey's mother, though first recorded in 1788.

History Of Garden

The Abbots Ripton Estate has grown from 2,000 acres, originally purchased in 1737 by Coulson Fellowes, and now totals some 5,700 acres. The first member of the Fellowes family to live at Abbots Ripton Hall was another Coulson Fellowes - grandfather of the present Lord De Ramsey. During WWI the hall was converted into a hospital and administered by Lord de Ramsey's great-grandmother, daughter of the 7th Duke of Marlborough and aunt of Winston Churchill.

When the Lord De Ramsey's father took up residence in the hall in 1937, the gardens contained many fine old trees - an ideal framework for his parents to build up the gardens to the eight acres seen today. Humphrey Waterfield, in the 1950's, designed the Rose circle and Grey Border and added rare trees to the arboretum. Other plantings were undertaken by Lanning Roper and Jim Russell. Peter Foster, surveyor to Westminster Abbey, designed the architectural features including the Gothic Trellis and Constable Pavilion.

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