Iford Manor Gardens
Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, a visit to the romantic, award-winning, Grade 1 listed Iford Manor Garden is like no other. Famed Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto designed the unique, Italianate, Grade 1 listed gardens when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899-1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels all around the world, the garden blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental garden designs together with architecture and classical sculpture.
Over the past 50 years today's owners, the Cartwright-Hignett family, have lovingly restored the garden and continued to develop it, including completing the Japanese Garden, extending the woodland walks and redesigning areas of the garden as they age - over 200 new trees were planted this spring, 100 years after Peto's original plantings. Our new Head Gardener; Steve Lannin (formerly Head Gardener at Mapperton and Sudeley Castle) is working closely with the family to continue the gardens journey, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, draw you on in anticipation of the next delight. After each step a new view is revealed, allowing visitors to marvel in the clever nature and beauty of the design. Steeped in history and located on the last hill of the Cotswolds, with the Wiltshire/ Somerset border running through the garden itself, visitors often say a visit to Iford Manor Garden was like stepping into another, timeless world.
Regularly providing design inspiration to many, the garden often features in international publications and in film, most recently in 'The Secret Garden' (2020), a visit to Iford Manor Gardens should leave you feeling refreshed, uplifted and inspired.
Public Opening Times: 1st April - 30th Sept; Weds - Sun; 11am - 4pm (last entry 3.30pm);
Private and Group visits: By appointment. Please see www.ifordmanor.co.uk/groups for details.
Admission Rates: £7.50 adults; £6.50 concessions. Children under 10 not admitted to the garden. Dogs on leads welcome.
Group Rates: Please see www.ifordmanor.co.uk/groups for details
Facilities: The Iford Manor Cafe and Kitchen is now open. We also have plants for sale and a small shop.
Disabled Access: Kindly note that due to the steep, terraced nature of the Grade 1 listed historic gardens, accessibility can be challenging in some areas. Please see the accessibility map on our website. If you would like further information regarding this, please do call us and we will be happy to help.
Tours/Events: Please see our website for regular updates. Our Monthly Newsletter is full of the latest information
Coach Parking: Yes (free) - by appointment only
Length of Visit: 1 ½ - 3 hours
Booking Contact: Alexandra Bradbury (Visitor Manager) Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Telephone: 01225 863146
Location: Follow the brown tourist signs to Iford Manor:- 7 miles south of Bath, just off the A36; or 1 mile south of Bradford on Avon, just off the B3109. Access from all directions is via narrow lanes (6'6" restriction) with numerous passing places. Directions to coach entrance will be provided to groups once booked.
Updated: April 2022