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Luton Hoo Estate Walled Garden

A small clock tower in the middle of a field
A small clock tower in the middle of a field

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About the garden

The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo Estate was designed by Capability Brown in the late 1760's for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, noted Botanist and Prime Minister under George III. The Garden changed and evolved under owners and management to match the fashion of horticulture in the 19th and 20th centuries, with each owner leaving their mark on the garden's rich history. Unfortunately, the garden fell into decline in the late 1970's, becoming dilapidated, overgrown and neglected.

In 2001 a project began to research the history of the Walled Garden and its importance in Victorian and Edwardian society. This marked the beginning of a new era for the Walled Garden, which is now the focus of a fascinating project. The Walled Garden Project is largely carried out by an enthusiastic team of gardeners, researchers and historians who work alongside a restoration and conservation team, and a vibrant education team - all dedicated volunteers working towards a bright future whilst continuing to reveal a rich history.

Today the site comprises a five-acre garden surrounded by the original 18th century octagonal wall, and a range of glass houses, including a timber framed Mackenzie Moncur conservatory dated circa 1911, a vinery and a further glasshouse on the diaphragm wall. There is also a selection of rare service buildings surrounding the garden including the Head Gardener's office, a potting shed, a boiler house, stables and propagation houses. The garden continues to be revived, repaired and re-imagined for the enjoyment of all.

Opening times

Open every day from 1 May to 30 September 2022 10:30am - 4pm

Useful details

Garden area

5 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

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


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - There are safe areas for bikes within the garden

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a plant shop.

Central Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF

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Central Bedfordshire
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01582 721443

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