Hergest Croft Garden

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Nestled under the iconic Hergest Ridge with fabulous views of the Black Mountains, these critically acclaimed and simply stunning 70 acre gardens hold the national collections of Maples, Birches and Zelkovas. Created and extended by the Banks family over the past five generations, Hergest Croft Gardens are famous for their spectacular spring and autumn colour and contain more than 5,000 rare trees, shrubs and 130 "Champion" Trees. The gardens are divided into six main areas: The Azalea Garden, the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden, the Park and Park Wood. The terraces outside Hergest Croft are planted with tulips followed by a fiery collection of dahlias and salvias. The lower terrace overlooking the lawn is planted with a striking blue and white scheme in late summer. The formal Slate Garden designed by Elizabeth Banks features edging in five varieties of box and a fir cone sculpture made from slate. Park Wood, a secluded valley, hidden deep in an ancient oak wood, is but a short stroll from the main gardens across extensive parkland and contains over 30 acres of giant Rhododendrons and exotic trees, creating an unusual Himalayan scene. Maples Tearooms within Hergest Croft offer a wide selection of delicious home made light lunches and teas overlooking the front lawn. Terrace seating. Open daily during the season. Winter opening (selected hours). Whether you are a keen gardener in search of inspiration, a discerning Dendrologist or just looking for a quiet place in which to stroll, visiting this unique, atmospheric garden is a truly memorable experience. Open weekends only during March and then daily from - 29th March - 31st October. The beauty and peace make Hergest Croft, a garden to visit at all seasons and for all ages. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leads.

Maples Tearoom - lights lunches, daily specials, afternoon teas, cream teas - always a fantastic selection. All types of dietary needs catered for just ask. Seating in two indoor areas, on the covered veranda and outside on the terrace. Dogs are also allowed in the tearoom. Waitress service.

See the website for more information and a list of exhibitors. http://www.hergest.co.uk

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£8.50 per adult
Annual Season Ticket£32.00 per adult
Pre-Booked Groups (Min 20)£7.50 per adult
Pre-booked Guided Tours (20 or more)£10.00 per adult

Children under 16yrs: FREE
Coaches welcome by arrangement
Wheelchair/Mobility Scooters welcome - separate map available.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access - Facilities are provided but some areas of the Gardens are not accessible to wheelchairs/mobility scooters
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for groups - Large groups must be booked in advance. Coaches welcome
  • Guided tours for groups - These must be booked in advance

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs on leads are welcome throughout the gardens.
  • Gift shop

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Hergest Croft Gardens is on the A44 Leominster to Rhayader Road.

From Kington Town Centre follow Church Road until it becomes Montfort Road at the junction with Hergest Road. Continue over the brow of the hill and turn immediately left into Ridgebourne Road.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Leominster, which is 14 miles away.

Hergest Croft Gardens

Type:Garden

Hergest Croft Gardens, Ridgebourne Rd, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3EG

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Opening Times

* Open weekends only in March - 11.00am -5.00pm - Daily from Good Friday until 31st October 2024

Awards

  • Other AwardsHistoric Houses Association Friends Scheme Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2016
  • Visit WalesVisit Wales VAQAS Visit Wales VAQAS 2016

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Heywood CabinHergest Croft Gardens | Haywood Cabin, KingtonHaywood Cabin is situated near the top of the Maple Grove and offers light and spacious accommodation for two people.

Hergest Croft GardenHergest Croft Gardens | Maples Tearoom, KingtonMaples Tearoom - light lunches, daily specials, afternoon teas, cream teas - always a fantastic selection. All types of dietary needs catered for just ask. Seating in two indoor areas, on the covered veranda and outside on the terrace. Dogs are also allowed in the tearoom. Waitress service.

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