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Iford Manor Gardens

Iford, Iford, Near Bath, BA15 2BA
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Iford Manor Gardens
  • Iford Manor Gardens
  • Iford Manor Gardens
  • Iford Manor Gardens
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Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, just 15 minutes from Bath, a visit to the romantic, award-winning, Grade I listed Iford Manor Garden transports you as the garden design blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental garden inspirations, together with architecture and classical sculpture.

Paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, draw you on in anticipation of the next delight. After each step a new view is revealed, allowing visitors to marvel at the clever nature and beauty of the design. Steeped in history and located on the last hill of the Cotswolds, with the Wiltshire/ Somerset border running through the garden itself, visitors often say a visit to Iford Manor Garden is like stepping into another, timeless world.

Dating back to the Domesday Book, the gardens seen today were largely designed by renowned Edwardian landscape architect Harold Peto, who lived at Iford from 1899 – 1933. Over the past 50 years today's owners, the Cartwright-Hignett family, have lovingly restored the garden and continued to develop it, including finishing the Japanese Garden, extending the woodland walks and redesigning areas of the garden as they age. Head Gardener Steve Lannin is working closely with the family to continue the garden’s journey, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

Regularly providing design inspiration to many, the garden often features in international publications and in film, most recently in The Secret Garden (2020). A visit to Iford Manor Gardens should leave you feeling refreshed, uplifted and inspired.

Dog-Friendly

Well behaved dogs on leads are most welcome at Iford - in the beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens, as well as the award-winning restaurant Iford Manor Kitchen, or the adjacent cafe.

Tours

Take a behind-the-scenes your of the walled gardens, the veg garden and cutting garden. Find out more

Serves locally sourced, homemade food to garden visitors and walkers alike. Enjoy lunch in the restaurant for a true culinary treat, or pop to the café for a lighter bite from the Iford Bakery.

Subscribe to their newsletter for updates and visit Iford Manor Gardens website for the latest information, news and events.

Book online via their website to guarantee entry and to benefit from reduced advance purchase tickets.

Opening times

1st October - 31st March 
Open Friday - Sunday 
Cafe: 10am - 3:30pm
Restaurant: 11:30am - 2pm


1st April- 30th September 
Open Wednesday- Sunday & BH Mondays
CLOSED Saturday 6th May for the Coronation 
Cafe: 10am - 4:30pm
Restaurant (lunch only): 11:30am - 3pm

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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults - Adult£8.00 per ticket
Concessions (students, over 60s) - Concession£6.50 per ticket

Groups are welcome by appointment only. Please get in touch with info@ifordmanor.co.uk for details on group rates during opening hours and out-of-hours visits.

£8.00 for adults (advance online purchase); £9.50 on the door, subject to availability.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From Bath: take A36 South for 7 miles; turn left at brown sign to “Iford Manor” and follow country lane for 1 mile. 6’ 6” width restriction. From Bradford-on-Avon: take B3109 for 1 mile towards Frome; turn Right at brown ‘flower’ sign to “Iford Manor”; continue for 1 mile through village of Westwood. After leaving the 20mph zone, take first left down a steep hill signposted to Iford Manor. 6’6” width restriction.

Coach directions are provided when booked.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway stations:

Avoncliff – 1.5mile steep walk to The Peto Gardens along quiet country roads and footpaths;

Freshford – 1.5mile walk to The Peto Gardens along quiet country roads and footpaths; or the 94 bus runs from Freshford to The Pastures, Westwood then 10 minute walk. It's about a 25 minute walk to Iford Manor Gardens, there are bike racks in car park too.

Bradford on Avon – 2.5miles; taxis available from station

94 bus runs from Bath to Trowbridge; stopping at The Pastures, Westwood, a 10 minute walk from The Peto Gardens.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - on leads only
  • Event venue
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted
  • Max group size - 55
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Opening Times

2024 (30 Mar 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed
Wednesday - Saturday00:00 - 00:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
00:00 - 00:00

* To guarantee entry, please book online in advance

1st April- 30th September
Open Wednesday- Sunday & BH Mondays 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
CLOSED Saturday 6th May for the Coronation
Cafe: 10am - 4:30pm
Restaurant (lunch only): 11:30am - 3pm

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