Painswick Rococo Garden
Designed in the 1740s as a flamboyant pleasure garden for holding intimate garden parties, this hidden valley is now the country's only surviving complete rococo garden. Years of restoration work have saved it from a woodland wilderness, and it is now a stunning place to escape the busy world.
Enjoy beautifully-framed views or hide away in one of the fanciful garden buildings. Drink in the vista from the Eagle House, sit in the Doric Seat, climb the narrow steps to the octagonal Pigeon House and have your photo taken in the Gothic Alcove. All have been lovingly restored over years and are now in the care of Painswick Rococo Garden Trust.
The Garden is famed for having one of the largest collections of naturalised snowdrops in the country. Each year, around five million snowdrops bloom, to see the full display visit in February.
There are plentiful spring flowers, the Bluebell Walk a highlight in April/May and the recreated 18th century Exedra Garden is at its peak in July.
The Garden was designed to make the most of the beautiful Cotswold countryside around it, and there are fine views both through and out of the Garden. It was a place to be entertained and to party. Nowadays you can battle to find the centre of the unusual maze and enjoy delicious homemade food and drink in the cafe.
Opening Times: 10th January – 31st October. Daily 10.30am – 5pm. Please see website for winter opening details.
Admission Rates: Adults £8.30, Senior Citizen £7.30, Child £4.00
Group Rates: Groups of over 20 (booked in advance) Adults £6.50
Facilities: Visitor Centre, Shop, Plant Sales, Teas, Restaurant.
Disabled Access: Limited for those with mobility difficulties – ring for details. Accessible toilet on site.
Tours/Events: See Website.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact: Dominic Hamilton
Painswick Rococo Garden, Gloucestershire, GL6 6TH
Tel No: 01452 813204
Location: 1/2 mile outside Painswick on B4073.