- Event dates
12 Feb - 13 Mar
- Opening times
11:00 – 15:00
- Special event
Come out for a breath of fresh air around our gardens, farm and woodland trails.
Spring is a lovely time to visit Kentwell's Gardens. The Shrubbery and Back Wood are carpeted with Snowdrops, with little pockets of Aconites. The rest of the Gardens are charming as their winter starkness is banished by emerging springtime shoots. Winter-scented plants such as mahonia and hellebore also make an appearance.
For our younger visitors, explore the outdoors and see the signs of spring on our nature trail and discover some of Kentwell's fun surprises along the way!
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 recommend you dress for the weather - our pathways can become little muddy after prolonged rainy periods. However, this is great news for our younger visitors, as it means there are puddles galore!
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 3pm. If you are Season Ticket holders, or Historic Houses members, please also book your tickets on-line.
Refreshments: we are pleased to offer light lunches and refreshments as a take-out service, for our visitors to enjoy outdoors.
Facilities: the loos near the Tea Garden area will be available for use.
The Weather: we will open whatever the weather and your visit can certainly fill a rewarding few hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather! Kentwell has its own Met Office weather report - please click here to view it.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.
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 an child ticket, and so on.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations and refunds: Should Government action at any time cause us to close, we will, of course, refund any tickets purchased for any affected days. Otherwise, we operate a no-refunds policy. Tickets are not transferrable to other days, or to other events. Please always check our website before travelling, in case circumstances or Government Advice has changed.
Covid Precautions: we ask that everyone brings lower face coverings to wear in indoor areas such as our loos. Please bring your own hand sanitiser. Please do not attend if you are suffering from, or displaying any symptoms of, Coronavirus, or if you have recently been in contact with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive for Coronavirus.
Tickets & prices
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You'll be able to choose dates and use your season ticket discounts during checkout.
|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.