Iford Manor Gardens
Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, this romantic garden is an exemplar of design with its architecture, steep terraces and sense of place providing inspiration to many. Its unique design charms many and often appears in TV and film, most recently in "The Secret Garden" releasing globally in cinemas in 2020.
Largely designed by Edwardian architect and landscape designer, Harold Peto, when Iford was his home, the garden has been lovingly restored and extended by its current owners, the Cartwright-Hignett family who have resided there since 1965. With stunning views across an unspoilt rural valley, and winding paths that draw you ever onwards, through steep flights of steps that link the terraces with pools, fountains, loggias, colonnades, urns, and statues. Iford Manor Gardens provides a deep sense of peace in visitors who often leave feeling rested and revitalised.
The next generation have just taken over the reins of the business and have recently appointed Troy Scott-Smith as Head Gardener (previously Head Gardener at Sissinghurst). Many new events and workshops are also planned to take place in the gardens and the new cafe.
Opening Times: April – Sept; Weds – Sun; 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm); Out of hours visits by appointment only
Admission Rates: £7.50 adults; £6.50 concessions
Group Rates: Email email@example.com for details
Facilities: New café and shop opening in 2020
Disabled Access: Kindly note that due to the steep, terraced nature of the Grade 1 listed historic accessibility can be challenging in areas. Wheelchair and walking frame users can only access part of the garden. Please call ahead.
Tours/Events: Please see website for details
Coach Parking: Yes – by appointment only
Length of Visit: 1 ½ - 3 hours
Booking Contact: Julie Forster (Group bookings Manager) Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2BA
Telephone: 01225 863146
Location: Follow 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 via narrow lanes with passing places.
Updated: December 2019