About the garden
Middleton Hall Trust
Set within 42 acres of north Warwickshire countryside, Middleton Hall & Gardens has rich historic and horticultural interest spanning almost 1,000 years. Two of our most renowned residents were the naturalist and ornithologist Francis Willughby and his tutor and collaborator John Ray whose original works on botanical classification informed modern taxonomy and were developed while living at Middleton Hall.
Built in 1717, the historic Grade II-listed, formal Walled Garden was originally a produce garden which grew food for the estate and features an early example of heated walls. The current planting scheme has a cottage garden feel with large herbaceous borders bursting with colour during the summer. Decorative wrought iron gates lead the visitor into the Walled Garden featuring a black mulberry and apple trees that are more than 200 years old.
A wisteria rose and clematis-laden pergola leads into the garden revealing colourfully planted herbaceous borders around a central pond with fountain. Mature shrubs and espaliered fruit trees line the walls with a vegetable patch and original bothy nestled in the corners. The adjoining Herb Garden features a small Knot garden and a working Smithy (which opens seasonally).
The gardens are looked after by a small professional garden team with the help of an enthusiastic team of volunteers, who helped save the Hall & Gardens from dereliction in the 1980s. While not a botanical garden, it is well-loved and maintained, offering a tranquil, relaxed and unspoilt natural haven with specimen mature trees and planting, rich in wildlife, architectural details and horticultural history.
Make a day of your visit and delve into its history of the Tudor and Georgian Hall, take the nature trail to explore more of the beautiful estate including the heritage orchard and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) around the Middleton Pool, and check out the shops in The Courtyard.