Experience the World in One Garden

Welcome to Borde Hill, a nationally important English country garden with magnificent views over the 383 acre Grade II* heritage listed Parkland. Planted with passion as a series of outdoor ‘garden rooms’, highlights include the Azalea Ring, tranquil Italian Garden and stunning Rose Garden. Come and enjoy everything our family-run Estate has to offer.

Dinosaurs & Dragons - Kids Summer Trail & Activities

Saturday 20th July to Sunday 8th September

Get ready for a summer packed with roarsome adventures, featuring a daily story trail in the Woodland and dinosaur and dragon-themed activities on selected days.

Reinventing Borde Hill

Support our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, ‘Reinventing Borde Hill,’ which will unlock 110 acres of listed landscape improving access to the site’s nationally important heritage, while connecting local communities with the restorative power of nature, inspiring future generations through outdoor learning

We Look Forward To Welcoming You

We’re open daily from the 10th February to 22nd December, 10am-5pm (3pm from the 1st November)

We invite you to come and experience ‘joyous balance’ and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of our Garden and Grounds. From Woodland walks, live music performances, wellbeing workshops and activities for families, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

Two adults wearing hats at an event at Borde Hill during the summer.

Support Our Garden Charity

Safeguarding our nationally important collection for future generations

As custodians of Borde Hill, we are passionate about our botanical collection and educating visitors of all ages on the importance of nature.

Our ambitious project, ‘Reinventing Borde Hill,’ will unlock 110 acres of our heritage-listed Parkland, connecting local communities with the restorative power of nature. It also aims to inspire future generations through outdoor learning, while protecting our rare collection of flora and fauna, and encouraging greater biodiversity.

In order to realise this significant project we need your support:

Oak Tree on the South Lawn overlooking South Park at Borde Hill. Image John Glover

Membership

Connect to the beauty of nature while supporting our Garden for future generations by becoming a Member.

Members enjoy unlimited access to the Garden, Woodland and Playground throughout the open season, as well as free entry to highlights from our varied events programme. Visit time and again and enjoy free family trails during the school holidays, exclusive open days and monthly Garden newsletters.

A family next to the water feature in the Rose Garden at Borde Hill during summer.

For Families

Plan a fun-filled day for you and your family in the great outdoors, come rain or shine. Enjoy the fresh air and discover our big-sky Grounds before refuelling in the cafe or enjoying a picnic by the lake.

We warmly welcome families and four-legged friends on leads, and offer plenty of activities to entertain kids of all ages, from our Adventure Playground – with a zip wire, balance bars and climbing frames – to kids trails and family-friendly events throughout the season.

For Groups

Whether visiting with a large group of friends or a group of fellow plant lovers, we can cater for all.

We offer pre-booked group talks and tours with expert guides around our Garden. You’ll discover more about our significant heritage and what it takes to maintain this oasis of tranquillity. Add to your visit with a delicious lunch or afternoon tea served in the peace of our Garden marquee.

The front view of Borde Hill House

Our Heritage And Journey Forward

2,300 acres of natural beauty

Plants have been in our DNA since 1598 when Stephen Borde, the grandson of Henry VIII’s private herbalist and physician Andrew Borde, rebuilt the picturesque Elizabethan Mansion House at the core of our Estate.

Centuries later in 1893, Colonel Stephenson R Clarke sponsored the Great Plant Hunters on expeditions to all four corners of the world. The result is our beautiful heritage Garden and Grounds, which feature one of the largest collections of privately owned champion trees in the country. 

Iron gates at Borde Hill

Did you

Know?

The Round Dell was a former metal quarry - the excavated space now provides ideal conditions for sub-tropical plants including palm trees and gunnera. Re-designed in 2017, the concrete path represents a ship sailing through a lush exotic jungle, featuring many newly collected plants by Crug Farm.
The Round Dell at Borde Hill

Opening Times

Garden, Parkland and Woodland

10th February – 22nd December 2024. 10am to 5pm daily (3pm from 1st November)

Last admission one hour before closing.

Woodland closed for the winter from Monday 16th September.

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