Welsh Kitchen Gardens

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The majority of the gardens listed here are open to the public, however there are 45 private walled

    kitchen gardens listed on the National Gardens Scheme

    Tick the ALL COUNTIES box and type in ‘walled kitchen garden’ in the key words box.


    Abbotsford, Melrose, Borders, Scotland. Tel 01896 752043 Home of Sir Walter Scott, who built both house and

    gardens. Kitchen garden contains his Gothic-style conservatory. Arbigland Gardens, Kirkbean, Dumfries and Galloway. 01387 880283 th Octagonal 18 century kitchen garden, with twin circular apple stores

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Pitlochry, Perthshire, PH18 5TL 01796 481207

    thMid 18 century, with statue of Hercules and water garden , laid out for the second Duke of Atholl

    according to the theories of the garden designer John James.

    Castle Fraser, (NTS), Sauchen, Inerverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 7LD 01330 833463

    A one acre (0.4 hectare) kitchen garden, well stocked with a typical mixture of Scottish fruit,

    vegetables and mixed borders. Aluminium display houses.

    Castle Kennedy, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway,

    Two walled gardens, one 18thth and the other 17century, with ruined gazebos.

    Cringletie House Hotel, Peebles, EH45 8PL,

    Working kitchen garden contemporary with the Elizabethan house, now a hotel, to which it belongs.

    Peach house, vinery, collection of garden tools, dovecote and bees.

    Culross Palace, (NTS) Culross, Dumfermline, Fife, KY12 8JH, 01383 880359

    Reconstruction of period garden and orchard with period plants (c.1600) on terraced ? acre (0.2

    hectares) site.

    Culzean (NTS), Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 8LE 01655 884455

    An 8 acre (3.2 hectare) with a small section devoted to vegetables. Orchard and wall fruit.


    Floors Castle, Kelso Roxburghshire TD5 7SF, 01573 223333

    Kitchen garden is now a garden centre but is still evocative, with glasshouses, back sheds, topiary and

    gardener’s house.

    Fyvie Castle, (NTS) Fyvie, Turriff, Aberdeenshire Tel; 01651 891266

    Kitchen garden has recently been restored

    Inverewe, (NTS) Poolewe, Ross-shire, IV22 2LG, 01445 781200

    Terraced garden and kitchen garden on the very edge of a sea loch.

Kellie Castle, (NTS) Pittenweem, Fife. Tel: 01333 720271

    Organic kitchen garden. Typical Scottish mixture of fruit, flowers and vegetables.

Luffness, Aberlady, East Lothian. Tel: 01875 870218

    A rare jardin clos (enclosed garden) built in 1822. The outer rectangular walled kitchen garden encloses an inner diamond-shaped fruit garden.

Manderston, Duns, Scottish Borders, TD11 3PP, 01361 882636/883450

    Compartmentalised Edwardian garden on a grand scale, with stone pergola, statuary and fernery.

Mertoun, St Boswells, Melrose, Roxburghshire, Tel: 01835 823236:

    The head gardener's house dates from 1677, and is surrounded by immaculate orchard

    trees, wall-trained fruit, flowers and vegetables. The late 19th century is represented by Skinner Board

    glasshouses, containing perfectly trained figs and peaches.

Pluscarden Abbey, Elgin, Moray, IV30 3UA. 01343 890257?

    Benedictine Abbey with working fruit garden. Massive ancient rubble walls; bee boles.

Prestonhall, Pathhead, Midlothian. (Hotel) 01875 320949

    Garden of 1795. twin octagonal gazebos on north wall.

    Threave Garden (NTS), Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1RX. 01556 502575 The National Trust for Scotland’s own school of horticulture is based here. The 1 acre (0.4 hectare) walled kitchen garden has an extensive area of soft fruit and vegetables.

Irish Gardens

    Ardgillan Castle, Ballybriggan, Co. Dublin, Ireland. 00 353 8492212. Free-standing alcoved fruit walls, herbs, fruit and vegetable potager. Victorian Glasshouse.

Duckett’s Grove, Rainstown, Carlow Town, Co. Carlow

    The ruined castle and a small parcel of the original demese, including two fine examples of brick-

    lined walled gardens were purchased by Carlow County Council two years ago and are now open to

    the public daily.

    Glenveagh Castle, Churchill, Co. Donegal, Ireland. 00 353 74 37088/37090?? An immaculate fruit, flower and vegetable garden with castellated walls and a neo-gothic


Glin Castle, Glin, Co. Limerick, Ireland. (Hotel) 0870 050 3232

    Stone walls clad with pears and figs. First-class kitchen garden.

    Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co. Galway, Ireland. 00 353 95 41146 Restored Victorian kitchen garden.

The South West

Barley Wood walled garden, Long Lane, Wrington, North Somerset. Open daily 10am-4pm,

    admission ?2.50. Restored kitchen garden run in conjunction with the Better Food Company

    producing fruit and veg for the box scheme.

Barrington Court (NT), Nr Ilminster, Somerset, TA9 0NQ. 01460 241938

    Working kitchen garden with fruit trained on stone walls.

    Clovelly Court Gardens, Clovelly, nr Bideford, N.Devon EX39 5SZ Tel:01237 431200. Open daily March-October, 10am 4pm. A classic example of the Victorian kitchen garden tradition

Deans Court, Wimborne Minster, Dorset. 01202 86116

    Organic herb and kitchen garden (Heritage collection) with serpentine wall.

Edmondsham House, Nr Cranborne, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 5RE 01725 517207

Flourishing one acre (0.4 hectare) kitchen garden, organically cultivated. Heritage vegetable

    collection. One wall entirely of cob; ancient espaliers; decorative borders.

    Flete Walled Garden, Ermington, nr Ivybridge, Devon. Tel 01752 830100 Now used primarily as a nursery for acers, magnolias and paeonies, but worth visiting for the huge complex of Foster & Pearson glasshouses, lovingly restored by its owners,

    Mair and Thompson.

    Forde Abbey, Nr Chard, Somerset,TA20 4LU 01460 220331

    Kitchen garden is now partly the Abbey Nursery, but vegetables and peaches (in lean-to peach houses)

    are still grown in the traditional way.

Heligan Gardens, Pentewan, nr Mevagissey, Cornwall, PL26 6EM. 01726 845100

    Series of four walled gardens with Heritage fruit and vegetable collections, glasshouses designed by

    Paxton, pineapple pit growing pineapples, frame yard, melon ground, peach house, citrus house, bee thboles & back sheds, which have been enthusiastically restored to 19 century productiveness.

    Knightshayes Court (NT), Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RQ. Tel: 01884 254665 Recently restored 4 acre garden, possibly designed by William Burges, with stone walls and turrets at

    the corners. Cultivated along organic principles, supplying the restaurant and local retail outlets, with

    a strong educational ethos. Heritage seed collection, dipping pool, glasshouses and back sheds.

    Trengwainton Garden (NT), nr Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ. 01736 363148. Kitchen garden with terraced beds.

    Tresillian Wall Garden, Nr Newquay, Cornwall Tel:01637 877447 Walled kitchen garden with complete range of potting sheds, glasshouses, cold frames etc.

Trevarno, Crowntown, Nr Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0RU. Tel: 01326 5742 The walled garden was built around 1838 and has been partly restored, with the top wall ed garden in cultivation. Victorian glasshouses with unique back-wall ventilation system,

    'Gothic' potting shed. Trevarno is also home to the National Museum of Gardening which has the

    most comprehensive collection of garden tools and memorabilia in the country and is worth visiting

    for that alone

Winsford Walled Garden, Halwill Junction, Devon. Tel 01409 221477 Used now as a plantsman's garden with plants for sale, but its 13 teak Foster & Pearson glasshouses have been beautifully restored. B&B with weekend courses on

    their restoration available.

    The North

    Beningbrough Hall (NT), Shipton-by-Beningbrough, York, TA6 1DD. 01904 470666

    Walled kitchen garden, glasshouse and fruit-tree tunnel.

    Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, E.Riding, Yorks. Tel 01262 490324 www.burton- Mostly planted within the walls with colourful herbaceous shrubs and flowers, a maze,

    giant chessboard and bamboos, but there is also space for a small potager.

    Calke Abbey, (NT), Ticknall, Derby, DE73 1LE Tel: 01332 863822

    Magnificent orangery, backed by gardener’s house containing potting room and gardener’s office.

    Kitchen gardens restored , with frames, glasshouses and walled flower garden.

     th century walls, gateways and recessed heated walls can be seen from the Castle Howard, nr York, North Yorkshire, YO6 7DA. Infoline:01653 648444

    Plant Centre, which now occupies part of the 11 acre (4.4 hectare) kitchen garden. A rose garden Vanbrugh’s handsome 18

    occupies another portion, with a splendid house for the head gardener.

Chesters Walled Garden, Chollerford, nr Hexham, Northumberland

    Open 10 am - 5 pm every day of the week from March 20th to October 31st. Opening times from

    November to mid March will depend on the weather and it is advisable to check by phone first. 01434


An eighteenth century walled garden with remnants of heated wall system, redesigned by garden

    writer Susie White over 21 years and planted in a naturalistic, free-flowing style. Organically run, the

    extensive varieties of plants include three National Collections and borders full of wildflowers

    interwoven with rare perennials in an ebullient and unaffected style. Open seven days a week.

Clumber Park (NT),Worksop, Notts, S80 3AZ Tel:01909 476592

    Walled gardens dating from the late 18

    th century cover about 6 acres, with apple orchard of 58 local varieties, vegetables, herbs and herbaceous borders. Impressive range of glass 250ft (137m) long,

    made up of twelve distinct glasshouses, including a central conservatory and Palm House, all in full


Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB. 0151 228 5312

    Originally the kitchen gardens of the Earl of Sefton. Ancient trained fruit trees, peach houses,

    mushroom house, frames and heated walls, display houses, organically grown fruit and vegetables

    with occasional horticultural demonstrations.

Dukeries Garden Centre, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, S80 3KT. 01909 476506

    Part of the garden centre occupies the glasshouses (now fully restored) by the well known

    manufacturer Messenger and part of the old 23 acre (9.3 hectare) kitchen garden at Welbeck Abbey.

    There is a restaurant with pictures of the old kitchen garden, the rest of which is now a car park and a

    paddock, though 180 year-old pear trees still adorn the walls.

Helmsley Walled Garden, Cleveland Way, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, Tel: 01439 771427 5 acre garden, dedicated to horticultural therapy and converted to various uses, including organic vegetable and fruit growing. The glasshouses are being restored for a

    collection of Victorian vines.

Netherbyres, nr Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. 018907 50337

    Elliptical walled garden with mix of fruit, flowers and vegetables.

    Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe, N.Lincs, CN15 9HU Tel:01724 720 588 Award winning garden restored to the late Victorian period. Modern replicas of the original peach

    case, vinery and display house; organically grown Heritage collection, trials of old horticultural

    techniques including hotbeds, restored back sheds with fruit stores, work rooms and a collection of old



     thNorton Conyers, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5EH. 01765 640333 century walled kitchen garden with orangery, heated wall, dipping pond (for filling watering cans)

    and herbaceous borders, occasionally open to the public. 18

Tatton Park, (NT), Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN. Tel:01625 534400

    Walled gardens with heated walls and glasshouses, recently restored and the subject of a BBC

    Gardener’s World special.

    Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire. Tel:01944 759111 Privately owned, recently renovated (2004) 4? acre walled garden in a modern design by Piet Oudolf. Interesting to

    visit for its an elegant, though non-productive, alternative use for an old kitchen garden.

Central England

    Audley End, (E.H.) nr Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF. infoline:01799 522399.

    Two walled gardens covering 8 acres, with a 1920s vinery range and back sheds comprising bothy,

    potting sheds, toolsheds, and mushroom house. Period varieties fruit and vegetables of around 1900

    are grown on organic principles in conjunction with HDRA.

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX. Infoline: 01993 602080

    Butterflies and a herb garden occupy the glasshouses and frame yard. The Marlborough maze fills the

    eastern end of the 8 acre (3.2 hectare) kitchen garden, but visitors can still marvel at the 14 foot (4.3

    metre) bastioned kitchen walls, built by Vanbrugh and Wise in 1705 for the first Duke of


Easton Walled Gardens, Grantham, Lincolnshire, ND33 4JP. Tel: 01476 530063 In process of restoration Folly Farm, Sulhamstead, Reading, Berks. Tel 01635 841541 Open only by appointment. Created

    early 20

    th c, by the Lutyens-Jekyll partnership, with organic veg and rainforest plants in the old


    Grey’s Court (NT), Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG. 01491 574917

    Walled kitchen garden, icehouse, donkey wheel, well house.

Kelmarsh Hall, Kelmarsh, Northampton, Northants. Tel: 01604 686543 Unusually shaped triangular kitchen garden, with unusually sited vinery

    (excellently restored)and potting shed in the centre. Parts of the open ground used for traditional veg

    and flowers, the rest designed as a grassy maze.

    Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, Glos. tel 01452 813204 Rare rococo kitchen garden, not strictly within walls, but a faithful

    recreation from Thomas Robins' painting of 1748, with appropriate fruit and veg.

Rousham House, nr Steeple Aston, Biscester, Oxon. Tel: 01869 347110 A truly pretty, well-tended, compartmentalised kitchen garden with dovecote,

    vegetables, box-edged herbaceous borders and a rose-encircled dipping pond. It pre-dates the

    surrounding gardens and landscape designed by William Kent in 1738. th century, working flued wall. Sandwell Park Farm, Salter’s Lane, West Bromwich, Birmingham, Tel: 0121 553 0220 Shugborough, Milford, nr Stafford, Staffs.(NT) Tel: 01889 881388 Restored one acre garden growing crops appropriate to the late Kitchen garden in process of restoration, with elegant

    gardener's house by Wyatt. Opening some time in 2006

    Stratfield Saye, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 2BT. Tel:01256 882882.

    Two large walled gardens constructed in the early 19th century for the Duke of Wellington. Camellia

    house by Paxton. Fruit, vegetable and herbaceous borders.

    East Anglia

    Felbrigg Hall (NT), Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8PR. Tel:01263 837444

    Dovecote, vineries, herbaceous borders and fruit trees.

    Gunby Hall (NT), nr Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5SS. Tel:01909 486411

    Walled kitchen garden, herb garden, fruit and vegetables.

    Helmingham Hall, nr Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 6EF. Tel:01473 890799

    Ornamental kitchen garden. Herbaceous borders and tunnels of sweet peas, runner beans and gourds.

    Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk. Tel 01328 710227/ 711636: A nursery garden occupies the 18th-century, 6?-acre kitchen

    garden, but numerous glasshouses, pit-houses and frames and a magnificent Wyatt

    vinery remain intact.

    Houghton Hall, Kings Lynn, Norfolk. Tel 01485 528569

    Old five-acre walled kitchen garden, translated into 21st century use with 20

    different 'garden rooms' featuring temples, pools, parterres and sculpture as

    well as orchards, vegetables, wall-fruit, glasshouses and a gigantic fruit cage.

    Somerleyton Hall, nr Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 5QQ. Tel:0871 222 4244

    Magnificent ornamental entrance to walled kitchen garden with peach cases designed by Paxton and

    vineries with ridge and furrow rooves.

Thornham Walled Garden Project, Thornham Field Centre, Red House Yard, Thornham

    Magna, Eye, Suffolk. Tel: 01379 788700 Newly restored for horticultural tuition and therapy, as well as plant sales; also

    available for musical performances and exhibitions of sculpture and painting.

    Welbeck Abbey, Welbeck, nr. Worksop, Notts. Tel 01909 500211: Possibly once the largest kitchen garden in Great Britain, the Dukeries Garden Centre and its car park occupy only a small part

    of its 23 acres. The rest is now grass, though 180-year-old pear-trees still grow against the walls. The

    magnificent range of Messenger glasshouses still stands too, and is now used as a sales area and

    restaurant displaying photos of the place as it once was.

South of England

    Beaulieu Abbey, Beaulieu, Hants. Tel 01590 614645 (National Motor Museum) Perhaps the only kitchen garden that can be viewed from a

    monorail, newly restored and laid out with a mixture of culinary and herbaceous plants. Old vinery by

    Rendell & Co.

    Bramdean House,Bramdean, Alresford, Hants. Tel 01962 771214. Fine gardens, of which the walled kitchen and ornamental flower garden forms an integral part. See NGS book for open days

    Godinton House, Godinton Lane, Ashford, Kent.

    Kitchen garden forms part of Reginald Blomfield's 1902 design for the rest of the gardens, and

    incorporates twin oast houses, a gardener's cottage, Victorian glasshouses and pretty, wooden, latticed

    entrance gates.

    Gravetye Manor Hotel, off Vowel’s Lane, nr East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 4LJ

    Tel: 01342 810567

    William Robinson’s house, now a hotel, is supplied with produce from the oval kitchen garden

Houghton Lodge, Stockbridge, Hants. Tel 012064 810912/810502: An organic kitchen garden, with cob walls and glasshouses by Messenger

    containing orchids and a modern hydroponicum.

North Court Gardens, Shorwell, Isle of Wight. 01983 740415 (Bed & Breakfast)

    Traditional walled kitchen garden with ancient espaliered fruit trees, occasionally open to the public.

Oare House, Pewsey, Wiltshire. (see National Garden Scheme)

    Traditional walled kitchen garden, occasionally open to the public.

Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight. Tel 01983 200022 (EH) Queen Victoria's holiday home; walled garden not designed for culinary

    use, but solely for cut flowers. However, the 1850s glasshouses by Henry Hope are of great interest.

    Garden recently laid out to plans by Rupert Bowlby.

    Pythouse Walled Kitchen Garden, Nr Tisbury, Wilts Tel: 0845 2413679 A fully productive 18

    th century walled garden, with a café and shop open every day, except Tuesday, from 8.30am to 5.30pm. The shop also sells their organic meat from the

    farm. The garden and café are available to hire for functions. Off the A350, follow the brown signs

    from Semley.

    St. Mary's House, Bramber, nr. Steyning, W. Sussex. Tel 01903 816205: Victorian kitchen garden with rural museum in potting

    shed, pine-pits and rose garden in memory of the Queen Mother.

    Stansted Park Victorian Walled Garden, Rowlands Castle, Hants. Tel 023 9241 3090 Actually a garden centre and sculpture collection, but it still has its old glasshouses.

The Walled Garden, (Room in the Garden), Cowdray Park, Midhurst, W. Sussex.

    Tel:01730 816 881 As this kitchen garden is adjacent to

    Cowdray's ruined medieval mansion, it doubles as a reconstructed Tudor garden

    and a show place for the rusted iron artefacts, arbours, trellises and plant

    supports made by the local company 'Room in the Garden'.

West Dean Gardens, West Dean, Chichester, Sussex, PO18 0QZ. Tel:01243 811301/818210

    Edwardian kitchen garden with thirteen fully stocked period glasshouses and plant houses, frames and

    pits. Fruit house, herbaceous borders, zig-zag fruit wall, Heritage fruit and vegetable collections, tool

    and mower collections.


A useful booklet is the ‘Guide to the Historic Parks and Gardens of Wales’ of gardens to visit, many

    with walled kitchen gardens, available from the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust: 01970 832 268

    or email

    The following are mostly privately owned gardens, please ring to make an appointment

     thth/17 century garden, which has 3 small walled Aberglasney, Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, open daily 01558 668998 gardens planted with rare and unusual plants. A major restoration project has restored this 16

    Bodysgallen Hall, Llandudno, Conwy. Contact: Matthew Johnson Tel. 01492 584466. E-mail: Open to hotel guests, or ‘by special appointment’. Smart hotel, parts of

    thwhich date back to 17 Century. Walled kitchen garden with espaliered fruit trees. The house forms a

    spectacular back-drop.

Bryn Eisteddford, Glan Conwy, Conwy. Contact: Dr. Michael Senior. Tel. 01492 581175. Donation

    thof a few pounds. Walled gardens run-down but charming; one section contains 19 century vinery,

    peach & nectarine houses (all in need of repair). Earlier walled ornamental/herb/knot garden next to

    the house has some fine, ancient specimens of mulberry & medlar.

Gwaenynog Hall, nr Denbigh, LL16 5NU, Mrs Janie Smith 01745 812066

    The park and garden used to belong to Beatrix Potter’s uncle and the walled garden there is thought to

    be the inspiration for the kitchen garden in The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Charming garden recreated as closely as possible to its original layout, mostly flowers with some vegetables and

    espaliered fruit trees.

Llanerchaeron (NT), nr Aberaeron, Dyfed, SA48 8DG. 01545 570200

    A rare example of a surviving Welsh gentry estate, with an extensive range of 19th century farm and

    horticultural buildings. The two walled gardens are cultivated organically and show the evolution of thgarden technology from the early 19 century to the present day.

Hotel Maes-y-Neuadd, Talsarnau, Gynedd, Wales, LL47 6YA

    thTwo slate-walled kitchen gardens that provide fresh fruit and vegetables for the Hotel. Century-style’ working kitchen garden. Attractive, if not historically accurate. Nanhoron, Near Pwlheli, Gwynedd. Mrs. B.C.L. Harden. Tel. 01758 730610 ?3.00 E-mail: (8 miles from Pwlheli, off B4113) National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire Two walled gardens: one ornamental, one a ‘19Tel: 01558 668768 open all year round

    thUnusual early 19 century double-walled garden, recently restored.

The Walled Garden at Pigeonsford, Nr Llangrannog, Llandysul, Ceredigion SA44 6AF

    Tel:01239 654360

    thEarly 19 century walled garden, with 1920’s summerhouse and specialist plant nursery. Slate walls with brick lining on the South wall. Open April to October Wed to Sat

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