Hergest Croft Gardens

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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. In fact, the gardens have the third tallest tree in the UK standing at 61.5 metres high and is considered to be one of the most important horticultural sites in the country.

The gardens are divided into six main areas: The Azalea Garden, the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden, the Park and Park Wood. 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.

Fact File

Opening Times: Pre-booked groups welcome April to October. Open weekends only in March. Open daily from 29th March - 31st October - 11.00am - 4.30pm.
Admission Rates: Adult £8.50; Children under 16 years - free
Group Rates: 20+ - Range of packages from £7.50 per person, must be pre-booked. Group options may include guided tours (£10.00), lunches, cream teas or light refreshments. Minimum group size 20+
Facilities: Traditional Tea Room, Plant Sales, Gift Shop.
Disabled Access: Tea Room, Plant Sales and Gift Shop are accessible. Some areas of the gardens have limited wheelchair access.
Steeper parts of gardens not recommended for wheelchairs/scooters. Detailed Access statement available on website.
Toilet on site: Yes
Car/Coach parking: Yes, no need to worry about coach access.
Tours: Yes - must be pre-booked.
Events: Group visits can be tailored to requirements e.g. Classic Car rallies.
Length of Visit: Allow about 2 hours
Booking Contact: Gardens@hergest.co.uk Ridgebourne Road, Herefordshire HR5 3EG
Telephone: 01544 230160
Email: gardens@hergest.co.uk
Website: www.hergest.co.uk
Location: Kington, Herefordshire

Updated: February 2024