Spetchley Park Gardens

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Spetchley, Worcester,
Worcestershire, WR5 1RS

01905 345106

Listed By

William Donelson

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st April - 30th Sept; Wed - Sun, plus Bank Holiday Mondays; 11am - 6pm. October Saturday and Sunday; 11am - 4pm,Plus half-term Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 October. last admission 1 hour before closing.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Pre-booking required.

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

14 April and 2 July.

Best Times of Year to Visit:

April - May June - July Sept - Oct

To see:

daffodils and, crocus and spring blossom Roses and herbaceous borders Autumn colours

Admission Prices

Gardens: Adult £7
Concession £6.50
Children £2.50
Under 5's FREE
Family (2 adults & 2 children) £17
Pre-booked group rates (over 15 adults) £6 per person
Senior Citizen at 60+ £5.50;
Groups of 25+ Adults £5pp, Season tickets £25; Guided tours available @ £30.

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

Wheelchair access is limited due to the nature of the environment; mobility scooters are available for hire by prior arrangement.
No dogs are admitted to the Gardens, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Golden Egg Trail 12-17 April
Specialist Plant Fair 23 April
History Comes Alive Re-enactment 12-13 August
Spooky Root House Halloween Trail 25-29 October

Garden Features & Events

Kitchen Garden, Millennium Garden, Herbaceous Borders, Fountain Gardens, Melon Yard Rose Lawn, Conservatory and Alcove, Statues, Root House, Lake, Aviary and Woodland Copse

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

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

The Old Chequers, Crowle The Oak, Upton Snodsbury The March Hare, Broughton Hackett

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Worcester (2 miles) Malvern (10 miles) Droitwich Spa (6 miles)

Description of Garden

Spetchley has been home to the Berkeley family for over 400 years and successive generations have lovingly collected rare plants, shrubs and trees from around the world, creating a wondrous garden of many rooms and vistas that appeal to all ages and tastes; it is a truly inclusive garden. Set within 30 glorious acres the Gardens are proud to have one of the largest private collections of plant varieties outside the major botanical gardens.

It is an ever changing garden, and for the past 3 years Spetchley has undergone a mini revival with many improvements, including the creation of a new garden entrance, car park and Welcome Centre. This year the new Heritage Learning and Interpretation Centre opened to visitors allowing visitors to learn more about the Gardens and the Berkeley families influence over the unpoilt 17th Century landscape using audio visual and touch screen technology.

Visit the Gardens and enjoy wonderful walks through formal and informal herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and woodland glades, and take in the views across the Deer Park and lake to the Malvern Hills, followed by a delicious visit to the Old Laundry Tea Room.

History Of Garden

The House and Garden have belonged to the Berkeley Family since 1605 and the Garden has enchanted many over its history. The House was used by the Royalist forces on the eve of the Battle of Worcester in 1653. It inspired Edward Elgar, a frequent visitor, to write his epic piece, Dream of Gerontius and it was earmarked as a possible base for the War Cabinet during WW2 and eventually became an oasis for recuperating American fighter pilots before reverting back to the family in 1945.

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