- Event dates
11 Apr - 30 Sep
- Opening times
11:00 – 16:00
- Special event
Kentwell's Gardens are a delight - acres of glorious, family-friendly country house gardens and grounds to explore.
If you wish to book tickets for the Gardens, please continue to scroll down this page. If you wish to book for the House as well as the Gardens, please click on the button below.
Changes to opening hours will apply on the following days:
Sat 11 June - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
Sat 9 July - the - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
Thu 14 July - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
Kentwell's Gardens provide a haven of tranquility and beauty in a challenging world. A feeling of naturalness, not over-manicured, where visitors can lose themselves in the moment. The beauty of the buildings and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone.
There is a strong sense of the past. The Gardens have developed over six centuries and the keen eye will find elements from each. There is a sense of fun too - from the Sculpted Tree and Tudor Rose Courtyard Maze to the Yew Castle and the varied topiary. The gnarled arms of over 100 varieties of ancient espalier fruit trees form avenues among the colourful borders, vegetable pottager and huge herb garden in the Walled Garden. The hornbeam hedge at the Magic Circle, the silver birch walk and the long avenue of pyramidal lime trees are all as striking bare as when in full leaf. The Fish Pond and the Sunken Garden, part of the old Walled Garden moat are linked by a charming woodland walk – a breath of fresh air in the springtime and a shady treat on a summers day.
Kentwell Hall stands as a stunning early brick Tudor House. Started by John Clopton (d 1497) – who was mainly responsible for rebuilding Melford Church in the 1480s – and finished before 1540 by his son, Sir William Clopton (d 1530), who married first a merchant's daughter and later an heiress, to fund its later development. It has a brick lined moat around the House, extended in the 18th Century, with another, perhaps earlier, moat around the Walled Garden.
- The 15th Century Moat House which dominates the West arm of the moat - as impressive inside as out
- The two dimensional, paved Tudor Rose Maze in the Courtyard - can you solve it? It's not as easy as it may seem!
- Some of the largest and tallest topiary anywhere, to the quite small, can be enjoyed in every season.
- The Pied Piper hedge beside the moat illustrates the well known tale.
- The huge Yew Castle with its secret passage.
- The sculpted Tower of Babel tree.
- The Human Sundial - tell the time with the sun and your shadow.
- The Fishpond - a brick-lined former moat, with lily pads and flowers and so many young fish.
- The Icehouse - fun to explore.
Water and mellow red brick everywhere contribute so much to the overall tranquility..
- Early Spring: snowdrops and drifts of massed daffodils, followed by plentiful cowslips and primroses. Espaliered fruit trees display their ancient, gnarled limbs before they are lost in leaves.
- June and July: the gardens at their peak
- August and September: roses and fruit trees
- Autumn: glorious autumn colours everywhere. Leafless trees show their shape and the evergreen topiary is most striking.
An active, outdoor day out for explorers of all ages - a breath of fresh air for everyone!
We prefer you to pre-book your visit (any time up to 10.30am on the day of your visit), so we can monitor numbers expected on site. Also, if you pre-book, you get a discount of £2 per ticket! Please arrive in good time to get the most out of your visit. You are welcome to arrive at any time from opening time until our last entry at 2.00pm. The gardens will close at 4pm. If you are Season Ticket holders, or Historic Houses members, please also book your tickets on-line.
Refreshments: will be open until 15 minutes before gardens closing time.
The Weather: for a Kentwell-specific Met Office weather report, please click here.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are reasonably accessible by wheelchair in good weather.
Disabled Visitor Discount: for registered disabled visitors and their carers: please purchase tickets at the next rate down. If you are adults, please purchase a senior ticket; if you are seniors, please purchase a child ticket, and so on.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations or refunds: We operate a no-refunds policy. Tickets are not transferrable to other days, or to other events. Please always check our website before travelling.
Masks: Please bring a lower face covering. You may be required to wear a mask in inside areas, e.g. our gift shop.
Tickets & prices
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|Online||On the day|
|Child under 3||FREE||FREE|
|Family of 2 adults & 2 children||£38.00||£46.00|
Group discounts available at checkout for parties of over 15 people.