RHS Garden Hyde Hall
With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views this Essex garden is an inspiration to visitors of all ages. The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing interest and colour, whatever the weather or time of year.
The Hilltop Garden is a quintessentially English with ponds, borders and lush green lawns, while the Robinson Garden is a true plantsman's garden with more unusual species. Head into the Queen Mother's Garden and you'll find an informal, relaxed, planting style with meandering paths and shady walkways throughout. In stark contrast, the Australian and New Zealand Garden has a modern contemporary feel as does the renowned Dry Garden with its fantastic range of drought tolerant plants. On Clover Hill you'll discover vast, naturalistic swathes of grasses and perennials that sweep down the hill to meet Millennium Avenue which is lined with oak and ash trees. Beyond that are two courtyard gardens; one traditionally styled and one modern.
New for 2017 is the Global Growth Vegetable Garden, sponsored by Witan Investment Trust, which showcases fruit and vegetables from around the world.
Opening times: 10am - 6pm March to October, 10am - 4pm November to February.
Last admission 1 hour before closing. Closed Christmas Day.
Admissions Rates: Adults £11; Child (5-16yrs) £5.50; Under 5s free; Family £28; RHS Members (+1 family guest) free
Group Rates: Minimum group size 10, pre-booking required, £9
Facilities: Licensed restaurant & café, picnic areas, gift and bookshop, plant centre, garden library
Disabled Access: Mobility vehicle (shuttle service to main garden), assistance dogs welcome, manual wheelchairs available for 'on the day' use, accessible toilets
On The Website: A full programme of events is available from the gardens or on the website.
Coach Parking: Yes, and designated drop-off area
Length of Visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact: Visitor Services, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford, CM3 8ET
Tel: 01245 402015
Location: By car: Just 8 miles south of Chelmsford and 16 miles north of Southend. From the A130 head towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132.
By train: Trains run regularly from London Liverpool Street to Chelmsford (8 miles) & South Woodham Ferrers (3 miles). Taxis available at station.
By bus: Bus No. 3 from Southend to Chelmsford stops at the garden.