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Iford Manor Gardens

Iford, Iford, Near Bath, BA15 2BA

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Iford Manor Gardens

About

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 is like no other. Famed Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto designed the unique, Italianate gardens when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899 to 1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels all around the world, the garden blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental garden designs together with architecture and classical sculpture.

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 - over 200 new trees were planted this spring, 100 years after Peto's original plantings. Our new Head Gardener; Steve Lannin (formerly Head Gardener at Mapperton Gardens) is working closely with the family to continue the gardens journey, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

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.

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. Dogs are welcome. 

A fantastic new cafe and restaurant; the Iford Manor Café & Kitchen, opened onsite in 2021. Serving lunches and afternoon teas, as well as tea, coffee, cakes and snacks (dogs and children welcome). 

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

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Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adults£7.50 per ticket
Concessions (students, over 60s)£6.50 per ticket

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

Facilities

Accessibility

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

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Restaurant

Establishment Features

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

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Max group size - 55
  • Min group size - 10
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Parking (free)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted

Show Facilities

Awards

  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

Opening Times

2022 (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)
DayTimes

* To guarantee entry, please book online in advance

April to September: Weds – Suns (&BH Mon); 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)

Events

Friday, 27th May 2022 - Friday, 27th May 2022

Friday, 10th June 2022 - Friday, 10th June 2022

Friday, 24th June 2022 - Friday, 24th June 2022

Friday, 8th July 2022 - Friday, 8th July 2022

Friday, 5th August 2022 - Friday, 5th August 2022

Friday, 19th August 2022 - Friday, 19th August 2022

Friday, 2nd September 2022 - Friday, 2nd September 2022

Friday, 16th September 2022 - Friday, 16th September 2022

Evening champagne tour  Iford_ManorEvening champagne tour at Iford Manor GardensJoin William Cartwright-Hignett for an intimate tour of the garden unlocking its design secrets, evolution, heritage and anecdotes, finishing with a glass of Champagne on the terraces.
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Wednesday, 1st June 2022 - Wednesday, 1st June 2022

Friday, 1st July 2022 - Friday, 1st July 2022

Wednesday, 3rd August 2022 - Wednesday, 3rd August 2022

Thursday, 1st September 2022 - Thursday, 1st September 2022

Head Gardener Steve Lannin in Iford Manor GardensBehind the Scenes with the Head Gardener at Iford Manor GardensGo 'behind the scenes' into areas not always open to the public, as well as the main garden before it opens, on a special tour led by Head Gardener Steve Lannin and his team.
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Friday, 22nd July 2022 - Friday, 22nd July 2022

Iford Manor Jazz FestivalJoe Stilgoe & Trio at Iford Manor Jazz FestivalInternationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter, Joe Stilgoe returns to Iford with his trio.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Saturday, 23rd July 2022

Ray Gelato's GiantsRay Gelato's Giants at Iford Manor Jazz FestivalDon't miss Ray Gelato, 'The Godfather of Swing' as he comes to Iford with his band.
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Saturday, 23rd July 2022 - Sunday, 24th July 2022

Iford Manor GardensDaytime Jazz at Iford Manor GardensMusicians will be located across the garden with performances at different times and places throughout.
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Sunday, 24th July 2022 - Sunday, 24th July 2022

Candlelit Cloister Jazz with Martin Taylor at Iford Manor GardensWidely considered to be the world's foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike.
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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;

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.

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Map and 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;

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.

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