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Marsh Lane, Gilden Way, Harlow,
Essex, CM17 0NA

01279 442112


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st April - 26th Sept; Wed, Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays; 2pm - 6pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Small coaches only (difficult access)

Group Appointment: Yes

Private bookings for Groups of 10+ at other times on application

House Open for Viewing: Yes

Gibberd Rooms only Sunday afternoons April to September £1. timed tickets Rooms in house restored to original 60's appearance - exhibitions and displays

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

All seasons

To see:
Admission Prices

Adult £4; Child 5-16 £1 (under 5 free); Over 60s £3.00;  Season Single £15, Family £25 Talks by Trust Committee Member (by arrangement) £50

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

Disabled Acces - partial.
Friday 15th June - Jazz Picnic 7.30
Sat/Sun 16h 17th June - CAMRA Real Ale Festival Noon to 8.00 p.m.
Open Air Theatre - 17 August, 7.30pm. Dot-Productions present 'She Stoops to Conquer' (Picnics from 5pm)

Garden Features & Events

Registered in Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Green Man, Mulberry Green Queen's Head, Churchgate Street

Inns & Pubs:

Green Man, Mulberry Green Queen's Head, Churchgate Street

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Harlow - Sculpture Town

Description of Garden

The garden is a highly individual creation of Sir Frederick Gibberd. It is sited on the side of a small valley which slopes down to a brook. Occupying some seven acres, the garden was planned as a series of rooms, each with its own character. The glades, pools and alleys provide a setting for some fifty sculptures, large ceramic pots, architectural salvage, a gazebo and even a children's moated castle with a drawbridge.

The Gibberd Garden Trust aims to realise Sir Frederick's wish that the garden should be open to the public for study and relaxation.

History Of Garden

Sir Frederick Gibberd, the architect of Heathrow airport, Liverpool's Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Regent's Park Mosque and many other projects throughout Great Britain, was appointed master-planner for Harlow New Town in 1946. He acquired the property in Marsh Lane in 1956 and from then until his death in 1984 he developed the site with commissioned sculptures and other works, most of which are still in situ today. Sir Frederick described the garden as an art of space, like architecture and town design. The space, to be of recognisable design, must be contained and the plants and walls enclosing it then became part of the adjacent spaces. The garden has thus become a series of rooms, each with its own character, from small intimate spaces to large enclosed prospects.

The Gibberd Garden Trust was founded in 1995 to save the garden for future generations.