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Iford Manor Gardens

Romantic, award-winning garden, featured in ‘The Secret Garden’.

  • 4.6

  • from 480 Google reviews

A floral garden
A floral garden

About the garden

Occupied since Roman times, the gardens at Iford Manor were designed by Harold Peto, an Edwardian architect who also lived here from 1899-1933. Inspired by his visits to Japan and Italy, Peto used steep hillside and old terraces to create a romantic garden, complete with classical architectural and statuary features, including fountains, pools, figures and urns, loggias and colonnades. The terraces are linked by steep flights of stairs and overlook the magnificent Iford Valley.

The Cartwright-Hignett family, who now own the garden, have restored it, adding the Italian parterre, woodland walks and new Japanese Garden. The new head gardener, Troy Scott-Smith, is also working with the family to restore the Georgian woodland walks and expand the garden further, all with a firm eye on conservation and ecological sustainability.

U10s Policy Please note that children under the age of 10 are not permitted to enter the Iford Manor Gardens except by prior arrangement.

Opening times

1 April - 30 Sept Weds - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 11AM - 4PM (Last entry 3:30PM)

Useful details

Garden area

2.5 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant.


undefined No - Children are discouraged from coming. Children under 10 not allowed, but 10-18 are permitted.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - you can lock up your bike at Iford Manor Gardens.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop and plant shop.

Somerset, BA15 2BA

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Find the garden

Iford Manor Gardens
BA15 2BA
Sat Nav Postcode
BA15 2BA
Public Transport
By train: A 25-minute walk from Freshford Station, or a short taxi ride from the taxi rank at Bradford on Avon station - just pop into the taxi ‘hut’ there to request a driver.
By bus: The 94 bus from Bath to Trowbridge stops on weekdays at "The Pastures, Westwood".
From there it is just a 5-10 minute, very steep walk downhill to reach our entrance.
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 480 Google reviews

Lesley Huzzey

5 months ago


Stunning gardens down in a valley. Not overly large but unusual and beautiful all the same. Worth a visit if in the area. Entrance fee reasonable although Historic Houses members can get in for free. On the outside of the gardens there is a lovely cafe, booking recommended for lunch, but which served beautiful cakes and pastries. The pastries were delicious. Highly recommend a visit to both places.

Sandi Sayer

8 months ago


This was my first visit to the gardens. It was such a magical place and for me as an artist, very inspiring. There is so much to see round the gardens. Would definitely recommend going mid week when it's quiet...that way you can immerse yourself in all its sounds and stillness. Can't wait to go back in a different season to see the changes. There is a little store where you can purchase plants. Also a tearoom and restaurant. We didn't venture into the restaurant but we were very disappointed at the tea room. All the cakes, bar one, had nuts. Only one plant based option. So as I am vegan and my friend has a nut allergy, that was avoided. The gutting thing was, the staff didn't even seem to care. Oh well. Walked into Bradford on Avon to a tea room there and had the most amazing afternoon tea!

M Ellerby

5 months ago


Heavenly ❤️ my partner booked a surprise trip here for my birthday and I was blown away. Walking around the gardens in the sunshine made me feel like I was in Tuscany. There are so many beautiful areas to explore and a nice little cafe with some delicious pastries.

Mark Marshall

6 months ago


We went for the Jazz brunch on the restaurant. Food was very good - I am sure this is the case without the accompanying Jazz (which was perfect - intimate and not too loud). The gardens at Iford are great - fairly steep in places but beautiful with an ancient Roman theme. A lovely spot to take a picnic and sit or explore for a few hours - and dogs are welcome too.

Marcus Hurley

6 months ago


I'd forgotten how good the gardens are at Iford and yesterdays visit was a most welcome reminder. The final part of the drive is down a single track lane but the gardens are well sign posted and there is a decent sized car park too. Although not large the gardens are beautifully laid out and every corner gives you a new vista. There is a definite renaissance influence with lots of Roman and Byzantine statues and architectural touches. There are also a lot of water features which was lovely to both see and hear and the gardens are some of the most serene I have visited in the UK. We probably spent a couple of hours looking round the gardens and then had lunch in the excellent cafe - delicious food and friendly service. All in all it was a wonderful visit and good for the soul.

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01225 863146

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