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Iford Manor Gardens

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

  • 4.6

  • from 421 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 421 Google reviews

Sandi Sayer

a month 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!

Mike Whalley

a week ago


A really nice tiered garden which we stumbled across by pure accident! Well kept, but not 'too kept' (if that makes sense!), making it a perfect mix of pretty garden and habitat for creatures and bugs! Will definitely return again when back in the area

Sally Bate

10 months ago


Iford Manor gardens was definitely worth the 20-year wait for us to finally be able to visit. Tucked away in a fold in the Somerset/Wiltshire hills, the house glows in the sunshine and the wisterias must be amazing in May. Italianate terraces, buildings, sculpture and trees arranged up the hillside provide new views and vistas at every turn. The Japanese garden was a surprise and water pools or trickles in lots of different places. The cloister was a true delight and transported us to a Mediterranean courtyard. The new (?) cafe was extremely smart, with seating out in a split-level courtyard and inside too, if needed. The staff were really welcoming. Well done Iford - you did not disappoint 😊

Hazel Reed

a year ago


What a gorgeous garden. We came today and loved it. Lovely new cafe and kitchen. Car park bit messy but worth it to see the garden. Such polite and helpful staff too.

Glenn Cox

a year ago


A lovely couple of hours spent wandering around these lovely well kept gardens. There is so much to see, some of which is tucked away in the shadows. Walk slowly and keep looking. Not to worry if you miss something, it will give you a good excuse to go back another day.

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01225 863146

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