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Open 11am–5pm; daily; 10 Jan to 31 Oct.

PAINSWICK ROCOCO GARDEN

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Painswick
Stroud
Gloucestershire
GL6 6TH

Outside Painswick on B4073.

11 acres

Tel
01452 813204

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Admission

Non-member adult £8


RHS members

Free access applies 1 Mar–31 Oct.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Disabled facilities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Painswick Rococo Garden Trust

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.

Recent additions include the Exedra Garden (18th-century herbaceous plantings in an informal structure, best seen in early summer) and the kitchen garden (best seen in late summer). Visitors can see cyclamen everywhere in autumn, as well as hordes of snowdrops in winter, along with several snowdrop-related special events from late January to early March.

The Garden was designed to make the most of the beautiful Cotswold countryside around it and 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.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Cyclamen
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Snowdrops
  • Vegetables