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April - Sept; Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday, BH Monday; 1.30pm - 5.30pm.
Additional day openings possible in Aug.
2012: Melbourne Hall Gardens is an RHS Recommended Garden offering free entry to RHS Members.
Every day in August only; 2pm - 4.15pm (except 1st three Mondays).Upstairs rooms only by appointment
Gardens: Adults £5.00; OAP's & Child. (5-15yrs.) £4.00
Hall (August only) Adults £5.00; OAP's £4.00; Child.£3.50
Hall & Gardens (August only) Adults £7.00; OAP's £6.00; Child. £5.00
Limited access for the disabled.
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The garden retains its original style and layout and features avenues leading to statuary, fountains, a grotto and a series of terraces processing down to a lake called the Great Basin. There is also a unique iron Birdcage arbour installed when the garden was first laid out, at the end of a long yew walk.
The original design of the garden dates from 1704, reflecting the enthusiasm of Rt Hon Thomas Coke to create a garden when he inherited the property in 1696. The walks, vistas and statuary, much favoured in the early 18th century, have been restored in the influential, Dutch / French formal style of the time.
By 1712 the garden was described as 'curious' and by 1789 it was already thought to be old fashioned.