RHS Garden Hyde Hall
RHS Garden Hyde Hall: A hilltop haven in the heart of Essex
Images: RHS Jason Ingram
This peaceful garden offers wide-open skies and far reaching views, and some 360 acres to explore. Originally a farm, gifted to the RHS 25 years ago, it features a beautiful hilltop garden, rose garden, woodland, meadows and pasture which seamlessly stretches into the vast open countryside. Highlights include the fascinating Mediterranean inspired Dry Garden which showcases an array of drought tolerant plants and there is also a superb Global Growth Vegetable Garden featuring fruit and vegetables from around the world.
Hyde Hall is a delight to visit year-round. In spring, enjoy golden daffodils, grape hyacinths and winter windflowers along with tulips, marsh marigolds and gorgeous malus tree blossoms. The rose gardens are a summer highlight as well as the fiesta of colour in the herbaceous border with its five colour themed bays. Autumn sees a blanket of brilliant colour thanks to Hyde Hall's expansive woodland, and many late summer flowering Perennials, crab apples and exceptional pumpkin displays. Visit in winter for the dedicated Winter Garden and Lake Walk, with colour coming from hellebores, winter stems, viburnums and bright berries. The garden also has an enticing year-round calendar of events.
Highlights include Plant Heritage Fair (25-26 April), Rose Festival, (6-21 June); Floral Fantasia (27 June - 4 October), RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show (5-9 August), Taste of Autumn (2-4 October).
Opening times: Open daily except Christmas Day. 10am-6pm March/October,10am-4pm November/February.
Admissions Rates: See website for details. RHS Members plus one family guest free.
Group Rates: Minimum group size 10, pre-booking required, £9.50
Facilities: Licensed restaurant & café, picnic areas, gift and bookshop, plant centre, garden library
Disabled Access: Yes. Assistance dogs welcome, mobility scooters and wheelchairs available, accessible toilets.
Special Events: A full programme of events is available from the gardens or on the website.
Tours: Special tours bookable in advance.
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.
Updated: December 2019