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Iford Manor Gardens

Type:Garden

Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2BA

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About

This award winning, Grade I Italianate garden, famous for its tranquillity and beauty, was the home of Edwardian architect and landscape designer Harold Peto from c1899-1933. Unique and romantic, he created the garden using his collection of architectural fragments on this steep-sided wooded valley set beside the river Frome.

Characterised by pools and terraces, statues, sculptures, evergreen planting and magnificent rural views, there is a fine Grade 2* listed cloister and Grade 2 listed casita set among many plants of botanical interest.

Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, paths in the Italianate Peto Garden twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, leading you on in anticipation of the next delight. Steeped in history, visitors often say a visit was like stepping into another world.

Welcoming Troy Scott-Smith as our new Head Gardener from August 2019 (Head Gardener at Sissinghurst May 2013 - July 2019) we hope that visitors find much in the garden to delight and inspire them, as well as its exquisite setting. 

Awards:

WINNER - "Little Treasures of Britain" - 2017 Group Travel Awards
WINNER - "Best Heritage Site & Cultural Events Venue, Somerset" – 2017 Hospitality Awards
WINNER - "Garden of the Year" - 1998 HHA/Christie's Garden Award

Please note that Iford Manor itself is not open. 
No professional photography without written permission.

 

Events

2019/06/28 - 2019/06/28

Evening guided tour of Iford Manor Gardens with ownerExclusive evening tour to uncover the history and design of Iford's famous garden. Given by William Cartwright-Hignett who has lived at Iford all his life, this will be a memorable experience. Finish the evening with a glass of Nyetimber on the terrace, taking in the glorious views across the Iford…
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Directions

Road Directions

Off A36 (brown signs) 7 miles South of Bath; 2 miles West of Bradford-on-Avon via B3109 (brown signs).  

Public Transport Directions

By train:

Freshford or Avoncliff train stations - 1.5 mile walk along steep quiet country lanes or footpaths Bradford on Avon train station - 2.5 miles, taxis available at station

By bus:

94 bus from Trowbridge or Bath (stop: The Pastures, Lower Westwood, 0.5mile walk)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled Accessibility - Partial access to garden. Please call ahead of your visit.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • Groups: Meet and Greet Services - By appointment only
  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Village Location

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking - By appointment only
  • On site parking
  • Parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Groups: Booking Essential
  • Groups: Free Entry for Driver and GTO
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Target Markets

  • Cyclists Welcome
  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed Towards Students / Youth
  • Special provisions for walkers / Walkers Welcome

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Guided tours by arrangement

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Opening Times

2019 main season opening hours (3 Apr 2019 - 29 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
October opening hours (6 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed

* Please see website (www.ifordmanor.co.uk) for full opening dates and times.
Last entry 15:30

Awards

  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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