Luton Hoo Walled Garden

The Walled Garden of just under five acres was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown for 3rd Earl of Bute in 1764. It is octagonal, maximising the benefit of the sun throughout the year.

The gardens are now being restored by over 100 volunteers who plan and maintain the garden with one part-time paid Head Gardener.

Discover plants that Lord Bute grew at Luton Hoo, a sundial, a rose arbour to mark 21 years of the restoration project, fruit trees and a garden of the senses.

By 1980s, the glasshouses had fallen into disrepair and in 2008, the Estate was advised to cover the remaining structure with polythene. Unfortunately the wood rotted – currently volunteer craftsmen are restoring the wooden structures and the brick base.

As well as the impressive glasshouses, discover the service buildings surrounding the garden including the Head Gardener’s office, a potting shed, a boiler house, stables, a mushroom house, a vegetable washing room and propagation houses.

A Tour of the Walled Garden is included in the ticket price. Tickets can be pre-booked but this is not essential.

The Walled Gardens are open on Wednesdays from May to September. For more details, visit the Luton Hoo Estate website

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INFORMATION

Address: Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF View map Phone: 01582 721443 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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