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Castle Bromwich Historic Garden

Period-accurate 18th century garden with a holly maze.

  • 4.5

  • from 512 Google reviews

A close up of a flower garden in front of a brick building
A close up of a flower garden in front of a brick building

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About the garden

Although it’s just five miles from the bustle of Birmingham city centre, Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens feel like a world away. With grounds spread across ten acres, visitors are drawn here to see period planting at its finest.

This lovingly restored English Baroque garden is a rare example of the Dutch-inspired formal gardens of the late 17th century, many of which never survived the 19th century English Landscape Movement and later urbanisation. Among the 600 or so species in this collection are the iconic harbingers of spring; tulips and daffodils. Other highlights include the mature Holly Maze and the dainty Cyclamen Hederifolium, with its unusual corkscrew stems.

Gardeners here observe a strict policy of only using plants that were available by 1762. As you wander among the carefully pruned hedges and mature trees, we think you’ll agree there’s something special about taking in the sights and smells that our ancestors would have experienced 250 years earlier.

After a good day exploring the grounds, visitors will be delighted to discover a range of homemade, delicious snacks and picnic additions provided by the shop and cafe.

Opening times

Wednesdays to Sundays 10.30AM to 3.30PM

Useful details

Garden area

10 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. A push wheelchair is available, but borrowing is suspended during COVID-19.

West Midlands, B36 9BT

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Castle Bromwich Historic Garden
West Midlands
B36 9BT
Sat Nav Postcode
B36 9BT
Public Transport
Various bus stops 100m away.
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 512 Google reviews

Hannah Wild

5 months ago

3

We came here as it was part of the Rhs Partner gardens scheme. They are gardens with loads possibles they just could do with some more tlc. There are some lovely plants and the gardens were well laid out but there are a lot of weeds in all the beds and the gardens look a bit tired. There's a lovely little tea shop selling homemade cakes and nice hot and cold drinks.

Alan To (xoAlto)

7 months ago

5

What a surprise! Apart from the botanical gardens in Birmingham, this is a wonderful "hidden" garden within a city metropolis! There were lovely flowers, landscaping, paths and lawns. Bees were pollinating everywhere without being worried by us human beings. Butterflies of different varieties were lazily flying around. It was all beautiful. The funny thing was that our kids spent the most time nosing around the vegetable garden, seeing what was grown and what was still growing! We ignored the maze though. The holly-hedge walls looked a little too prickly for our liking! ...of course all of that was during the summer. It's all completely different in the winter; still good to walk around and see nature at any time of the year.

Bobbie Petford

5 months ago

5

Nice walk in quiet wild park and gardens, seen at its best in spring with apple blossom, bluebells and tulips. Brownies in the cafe were ace. Staff were really friendly and helpful and created a nice atmosphere for visitors.

Debbie Mitchener

3 months ago

5

Beautiful hidden gem. We went on a day when there had been torrential rain and the garden didn't look open. However, the staff were great. Very welcoming and offered to make us a hot drink even though the cafe wasn't open. £5 per adult entry with gorgeous grounds to walk around, a maze to explore and a wealth of wonderful plants. Even saw what we think was a red squirrel!

Chris Melloy

a year ago

3

We enjoyed a lovely visit to these beautiful gardens. The gardens were reasonably accessible for a wheelchair user. The only comment I would make is that the accessible toilet was right at the back behind the other toilets and baby changing with just enough room to negotiate the wheelchair around the corners to access the toilet. We had a cream tea in a box which consisted of a small plain scone with a helping of jam and cream. Although this included a drink we felt that for £5.00 it was over priced considering you could get a hot pie and a drink for £4.00. Overall an enjoyable occasion in a beautiful setting.

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01217494100

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