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Open Wed–Sun, 11am–4pm (last entry 3.30pm), 1 Apr–30 Sep. Please see website to book private visits and tours.

IFORD MANOR GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Iford
Bradford-on-Avon
BA15 2BA

7 miles south-east of Bath, signed from A36 & Bradford-on-Avon on B3109.

2.5 acres

Tel
01225 863146

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Admission

Non-member adult £7.50.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - Fri when open (no under 12s allowed).

Facilities

  • Café
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • Japanese garden
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
William & Marianne Cartwright-Hignett

As featured in the heart of The Secret Garden film, this romantic, award-winning Grade I registered garden is an exemplar of garden design with its architecture, use of space and sense of place providing inspiration to many.     

With a history dating back to medieval times, the present-day 2.5-acre garden was largely created by famed Edwardian architect and garden designer Harold Peto who lived at Iford from 1899-1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels around the world, particularly to Italy and Japan, Peto laid out a romantic garden on the old terraces of a steep hillside, which he embellished with a collection of classical statuary and architectural fragments. Steep flights of steps link the terraces with their pools, fountains, loggias, colonnades, urns and figures, all with magnificent rural views across the Iford Valley.    

The Cartwright-Hignett family have restored the garden and added the new Japanese Garden, Italian parterre and woodland walks created by John Hignett. Troy Scott-Smith was recently appointed Head Gardener (he was formerly Head Gardener at Sissinghurst and Bodnant) and is working closely with the next generation of the family to implement their vision for the new chapter of the garden, restoring the Georgian woodland walks and expanding the garden yet further.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Asters
  • Bluebells
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Irises
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.