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Iford Manor: The Peto Garden


Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2BA

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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.


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.


Guide Prices

Adult £6.00, Conc. £5.20
HHA Members: Free
RHS Members: Free during weekday visits
Groups by appointment only


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)



  • Disabled Accessibility - Partial
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties - By appointment
  • Cater for groups - By appointment
  • Dogs on Lead Only
  • Open on bank holidays - From 1 April - 30 September.
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Film or TV location
  • Groups: Meet and Greet Services
  • In countryside
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking - By appointment
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Taxi from Bradford on Avon
  • Railway station within walking distance - Freshford or Avoncliff

Payment Methods

  • Blue Badge Guides admitted free
  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee) - Min. spend £5
  • Groups Accepted - By appointment
  • Groups: Free Entry for Driver and GTO
  • Max group size - 100
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Special group rates - By appointment
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free - By appointment

Target Markets

  • Marketed as gay friendly
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

April to September opening hours (1 Apr 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday11:00 - 16:00
October opening hours (1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Monday - SaturdayClosed
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Bank HolidayClosed

* Last entry at 15:30


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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