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World Garden at Lullingstone Castle, Eynsford,
Kent, DA4 0JA

01322 862114

01322 862115

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st Apr - end Sept; Fri & Sat; Sun and BHs - 12 noon - 5pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

By prior arrangement for min. 20 people. Wed or Thurs.House and Garden open exclusively for pre-booked groups on Weds and Thurs during season.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

Sat - Sun; 11.00am - 5pm on event days, and Bank Holiday weekends 11am - 5pm. Guided Tours of the House @ 2pm on other open days.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

14th June 2015 -12 - 5pm

Best Times of Year to Visit:

May- Sept

To see:

Exotic plants from around the world

Admission Prices

Adult £8; Child £4; Over 60s £6.50; Family £18; 2 for 1 entry to English Heritage members on production of EH membership card.

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

Easter Egg Hunt 4th, 5th & 6th April, 11am - 5pm
Medieval Weekend 24th & 25th May, 11am - 5pm.
National Gardens Scheme, 14th June, 11am - 5pm.
Fire Engine Rally 27th & 28th June, 11am - 5pm
Plant Hunters' Weekend 25th & 26th July, 11am - 5pm
World of Herbaceous Plants 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st August, 11am - 5pm.
Plant, Craft & Wildlife Fair 13th September 11am - 5pm.

Garden Features & Events

Plants planted in their respective countries of origin in a 3D world map-shaped garden as featured on TV.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:


Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

The Plough, Eynsford

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Eynsford, Kent

Description of Garden

Tom Hart Dyke's garden has progressed rapidly from a curiosity to a fully-fledged realistion of one of the most ambitious projects any private garden has undertaken under its own steam in the UK since, probably, the Edwardian era over 100 years ago. The remarkable genesis of the idea happened when Tom Hart Dyke was held captive for 9 months by Colombian bandits when a plant-hunting expedition went badly wrong, through no fault of his own. After his release, the extraordinary difficulties he encountered in building his creation in the walled garden of his family home, and his eventual triumph over them against considerable odds, were charted in a highly successful BBC2 series shown in 2005, avidly watched by lovers of English eccentricity all over the country.

Nearly 9,000 species of plants from all over the world have since been added to the garden which is laid out in an (approximate) map of the world with the plants located in their countries of origin so that the public can see from which parts of the world the plants emanate. No doubt many people will be surprised to discover that their favourite plants actually come from far more exotic locations than they would imagine.

The garden is now well worth visiting, even from distant parts of the UK, such is the extraordinary layout and the boundless enthusiasm of its owner, and it can only get better!

History Of Garden

Construction began in earnest in 2004 and Phase One was completed in July 2005. Apart from the 8,000 species he has added, the garden now boasts a National Collection of Eucalyptus which includes the now-famous Caesia Silver Princess which Tom has managed to nurture into flowering in what is believed to be the first time ever in UK horticultural history.

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