Westbury Court Garden

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
13th Mar - 30th June; Wed - Sun; 10 am - 5pm
1st Jul - 1st Sept; daily; 10am - 5pm
2nd Sep - 27th Oct; Wed - Sun; 10am - 5pm
Open daily in July & Aug
Open BH Mons. Open other times of year by appointment. Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

12th Sept

Best Times of Year to Visit:

March - April May - June August Sept - Oct.

To see:

Daffodils and early bulbs Blossom of old varieties of Apple, plum and pear. Largest tulip tree in flower Waterlilies and fruit.

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets): Adult £5.55 (£5.00), child £2.75(£2.50), family £13.80 (£12.60)

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

Tea from machine. Braile Guide. Guided Tours on request. Evening Tour with the Head Gardener. incl. cream tea 9th May, 6th June, July 11th, 8th Aug. £10 per person Tel to book Easter Trail. 29th March to 1st April Apple Day 12th & 13th October

Garden Features & Events

Dutch water garden - a rare and beautiful survival; Only restored Dutch water garden in the country; Reputedly home to England's oldest evergreen oak; Many other 16th and 17th-century trees and shrubs

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Red Lion, Westbury


Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon

Inns & Pubs:

Red Lion, Westbury-on-Severn Red Hart Inn, Blaisdon Red Hart Inn, Awre

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

12th C. Church and Bell Tower. Public footpath to River Severn.

Description of Garden

A remarkable restoration by the National Trust has re-created this original Dutch water garden, the only one to survive the era of naturalistic landscaping by the likes of Repton and 'Capability' Brown. Although the exotic varieties of tulips from the famous age of 'tulipomania' are no longer extant, Westbury Court is planted exclusively with species of plants available before 1700. The long canal was the first feature to be created by Maynard Colchester in 1696. Near it the parterre in box with its conical and ball shaped topiary contained within yew hedges, some of which also sport cones, provides a formal and graceful surround to the Tall Pavilion.

Many old varieties of apple and plum trees are espaliered here as well as peaches, apricots and cherries and round them are planted daffodils, anemones, muscari and ranunculus. There is a small walled garden growing a collection of perennials of the 17th century. Two magnificent trees, a Tulip tree and Holm Oak, probably dating from before Maynard Colchester's time, dominate the formal garden, the oak in particular being one of the largest and oldest in the country. Views of the neighbouring countryside are limited to those through two ironwork grilles in the North Wall, contributing to the intimate atmosphere of the garden. The vegetable plots have been recreated to grow fruit and vegetable varieties from the 17th century.

History Of Garden

Laid out between 1696-1715 by Maynard Colchester, and possibly influenced by his Dutch neighbour, Catherine Boevey of Flaxley Abbey, its further development was carried in the hands of his nephew, also named Maynard Colchester. The garden came to National Trust in 1967 in a very sorry state and it became their first garden restoration, starting in 1971.

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