Amongst the finest in Europe the Gardens have been created over the last 250 years by successive generations of the same family. As a result they offer an unusual blend of long history and traditional design with inspired modern ideas and additions. As a result the garden is rich in atmosphere, interest and vitality.
The Herbaceous Border is its best know feature and is probably the first planted in England. As a result, along with the unique Quercus Ilex Columns, Pleached Lime Avenue of trees and the furlong walk the garden is amazing and interesting.
Within its eight acres of formal garden, there are many different areas, each with its own distinctive character. Beyond the Chapel is The Grove, a well established arboretum and a Woodland Walk of about 6 or 7 acre. The Grove has a pathway approx 1/3rd of a mile long and it will take you approx 30 minutes to walk around depending on your pace and interest in the planting. The Woodland Walk is approx 1/5th of a mile long and will take you approx 15 minutes to walk.
Most importantly you will see a huge range of plants of all kinds. This makes it a treasure trove both for the keen plantsman and for the less specialised visitor. Both The Grove and Woodland walk are not suitable for wheelchair access during wet periods. The Gardens has good wheelchair access, no matter what the weather.
If you enjoy the stunning gardens why not treat a friend with a gift voucher to visit, a perfect present.
Chris Beardshaw in the Gardens at Arley
Chris as been a judge at our annual Garden Festival which is held in June. He has said “Arley is one of the best examples of a garden that’s been designed and maintained by the same family anywhere in Britain. The jewel in their crown is the herbaceous borders which are not only the earliest but also one of the finest examples of this horticultural art you are likely to see anywhere in the world”. A fitting tribute from such an experienced horticulturalist to the Arley Gardens.
To view what Chris had to say when he last visited click below:
A Map of The Gardens
Dogs are very welcome on a lead, we provide water bowls, poo bins and even dog ice-cream! Dogs are welcome in The Gardener’s Kitchen.
Arley is a RHS Partner Garden
RHS members can visit Arley during April and September using their membership cards. For further details Click Here
Testimonial from Visitors Who Enjoyed Visiting The Gardens
“The whole day at Arley was absolutely brilliant.
The Gardens are absolutely breath taking. I took the time to explore them with my husband, mother in law and 2 children and we all enjoyed them. We particularly enjoyed the kitchen garden and enjoyed the herbaceous border, colour, variety and the topiary. I thought gardens like this only existed in my imagination from a childhood story book. Truly beautiful, you must be so proud. It motivated me to go home and tend to my garden the very next day.
Warm regards Gillian Sands”