Holdenby House Gardens

Holdenby House Holdenby Northampton NN6 8DJ

6 miles north-west of Northampton, off A5199 or A428.

About the garden

Owned by
Mr & Mrs James Lowther

The outlines of the garden at Holdenby are Elizabethan: a bowling alley, some parterres and terraces which were built in 1580 to impress Queen Elizabeth on one of her progresses through England. They explain why Holdenby is so highly regarded as an historical garden. What we see now is modern and pretty. The Elizabethan-style garden was planted by Rosemary Verey, using only those plants which were available in 1580. Rupert Golby planted the 'fragrant border' and there is a charming 'silver border' made to display the owners' ever-growing collection of silver- and grey-leaved plants.


Please see website for admission prices.


  • Parking
  • Group bookings welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Family friendly
  • Cafe
  • Plants for sale
  • Dogs allowed


Opening times

Please see website for opening dates and times, including NGS.


01604 770074



  • Herbaceous borders
  • Sculpture
  • Pond / lake
  • Plantsman’s garden
  • Sub-tropical garden

Plants of special interest

  • Conifers
  • Fruit trees
  • Herbs
  • Roses
  • Topiary
  • Bluebells
  • Daffodils
  • Snowdrops
  • Vegetables