Colesbourne Gardens

Colesbourne Gardens are situated in the Churn valley, halfway between Cirencester and Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Explore the private gardens and woodland walks at Colesbourne and discover around 350 snowdrop cultivars. Varieties include Galanthus plicatus ‘Diggory’, Galanthus elwesii ‘Carolyn Elwes’ and the early flowering Galanthus plicatus ‘Colossus’. The rarer snowdrops are in the Spring Garden.

Sir Henry and Lady Elwes continue to add new varieties of snowdrops to the collection.

Walk through the stunning arboretum, many of the rare trees were collected by Henry John Elwes (1846-1922) on his travels.

The area around the Ice House was once a Japanese Garden but is now grassland with a variety of trees including a Cryptomeria japonica brought back from Japan by H. J. Elwes.

It is not known when the grotto was built.

Discover the lake. Created in 1922, the Elwes’s installed one of the first private hydroelectric dams in the country. The stunning blue colour is probably caused by suspended clay particles and low concentrations of algae.

The gardens are only open on a few weekends in January and February – check the website for details.

 

 

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INFORMATION

Address: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP View map Phone: 01242 870567 Length of visit: 2-3 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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