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Park: All year, Sun - Sat, dawn to dusk
Garden: 1st Feb - 30th Oct; Tues - Sun; 11am - 5pm
Admission by timed ticket to house at busy times. Open BH Mons. Last admission 30mins before closing
9 Feb - 2 Nov 08, 11-5, Wed - Sun Admission to the house by timed ticket available from reception (not bookable)
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House and grounds: adult £8.70 (£7.90), child £4.80 (£4.35), family £22.20 (£20.15).
Grounds only: adult £5 (£4.50), child £3 (£2.70), family £13 (£11.80).
Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton - joint ticket house and grounds: adult £13.65 (£12.40), child £6.90 (£6.25), family £34.15 (£31).
Packwood House and Baddesley Clinton - joint ticket grounds only: adult £7.30 (£6.60), child £3.70 (£3.35), family £18.30 (£16.60)
Much-restored Tudor house, park and garden with notable topiary; Tudor manor house with a fascinating civil war history; Lavish interiors with renowned collections of stained glass and tapestries; Walled flower garden offers a riot of colour throughout the season; Unusual 17th-century Yew Garden, representing 'The Sermon on the Mount'; Look out for 'bee boles' in the Garden Terrace wall, which date from 1756.
Boot, Lapworth Baddesley Clinton, National Trust
Stratford-upon-Avon (12miles) Warwick Leamington Spa
The glory of this garden is its almost unbelievable topiary. The extraordinary standing 'figures' are traditionally held to represent the Sermon on the Mount, with the Master on the summit of the mound and the twelve Apostles and four Evangelists below and the assembled Multitude on the lawn. Some of the 'figures' are over 50 feet high and represent a major challenge to the topiarist, but all are different shapes and sizes and have individual character. In contrast they are surrounded by a tall contoured box hedge.
Two other major features of the garden draw attention to themselves; firstly the lovely mellowed brickwork of the gazebos, walkways, walls and flights of steps echoing that of the house itself and secondly the beautifully planted Sunk Garden and herbaceous borders. On the other sides of the house are a series of courts, one known as Fountain Court, containing the oddly shaped plunge bath installed in 1680.
The house was re-designed in the late 17th century by John Fetherston and his son who began laying out the rectangular enclosures, the raised terracing and the gazebo which was shown in a drawing of 1756. It is believed that the extraordinary topiary was begun in the mid-19th century. Graham Baron Ash, whose father, an industrialist and racehorse owner, bought Packwood for him in 1905, did much to create the South Garden, whilst restoring the gazebos.