Colesbourne Gardens

Colesbourne Gardens is one of the best snowdrop gardens in the Cotswolds.

Discover over 300 snowdrop cultivars including 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.

Many of the rare trees in the arboretum 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 grassed over 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.

The Lake was created in 1922 and has one of the first private hydroelectric dams in the country. The stunning blue colour is probably caused by suspended clay particles and a 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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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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