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Opening Times: Sundays to Thursdays and Bank Holiday Saturdays only. GROUNDS: 11.00am - 5.30pm. 29th April - 17th September HOUSE: 11.30am - 5.00pm. 29th April - 31st August
But only for groups; no appointment needed for individuals.
11.30am - 5.00pm. 29th April - 31st August
Spring, June, August, September
Bulbs, Roses, Herbaceous Border and Water Garden
House & Gardens: Adult £15.00; Concession £13.00; Child £7.75; Family (2+2) £37.75. Grounds only: Adult £6.25; Concession £5.75; Child £4.75; Family £17.50.
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Pembroke Arms - Wilton
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In an idyllic setting, the gardens are a mix of small formal gardens and open parkland with an interesting collection of trees, especially along the woodland walk. The North Forecourt Gardens, planted in 1971, comprise a rectangle of bleached limes outlining a parterre of clipped box and surrounding a central fountain. A walk alongside the River Nadder from the Palladian bridge leads one past the Victorian boathouse, Egyptian column and loggia and continues around the woodland walk before returning via the Water Garden, a series of linking ponds with aquatic and marginal plantings and oriental style bridges. The tour concludes in The English Rose Garden in which a large collection of old fashioned species can be admired.
Entry to the house is required to see the Inner Courtyard which was transformed in 1995 from a plain gravel area by the creation of a new formal garden, only visible from inside the house. Introduced in 2001 were the Laburnum Arch and the Millennium Water Feature, the latter designed by world famous sculptor William Pye. The Inner Courtyard also contains an interesting knot garden. New features planned for 2005 include a physic garden and a miz-maze.
In the 17th century, the 4th Earl of Pembroke commissioned Isaac De Caus to create a formal garden similar to the layout of the Venetian gardens of the period. During the 18th and 19th centuries much was changed to reflect the fashions of the times. In the 1820's Countess Woronzow (2nd wife of 11th Earl) set out a flower garden in the new fashionable Italianate style - designed by Sir Richard Westmacott. This garden may be viewed by groups with prior permission only.
Many early features were removed or simplified subsequently due to the high cost of labour and the effect of two World Wars. Henry Herbert, 17th Earl of Pembroke, a keen gardener, created several new gardens since 1970.