Stowe Gardens

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Stowe Gardens
MK18 5EQ

250 acres

01280 817156

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–5pm (4pm winter), daily (excl 25 May, 24 & 25 Dec). Shop opens 11am.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies when open.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Autumn colour
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

Designed By
Capability Brown

The scale and beauty of Stowe has attracted visitors for more than 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape reflecting the changing seasons.    

Full of hidden meaning, the Grade I listed gardens were created as an earthly paradise and still cast their spell today. Explore newly restored areas of the garden including the Labyrinth, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden, while new statues in the Grecian Valley are bringing to life the political messages left behind by Lord Cobham and his gardeners. Restoration projects continue to take place at Stowe, which help return many of the missing pieces of Stowe’s puzzle and bring lost areas back to life.    

Discover fresh pathways leading to hidden views, and take in this monumental garden full of temples, lakes and acres of landscape. When you arrive, your visit starts at the New Inn outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored eighteenth-century buildings was where visitors of the past were welcomed to Stowe and is where you will find our cafe and shop. An 800m walk from New Inn takes you to the entrance of the gardens where our team await your arrival.

Please note: this garden is partially accessible.

Plants of special interest

  • Fruit blossom
  • Snowdrops
  • Wildflowers

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.