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.

Christmas Kids Trail & Grotto

2nd-3rd9th-10th16th-19th December, 10am to 3.30pm

Explore the Garden on a Christmas kids trail, or book to see Santa in his magical grotto.

We Look Forward To Welcoming You

We’re now closed for the season, reopening on selected dates in December for our festive family events.

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, food and drink events, 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.

Reinventing Borde Hill

A National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project to connect communities with nature

We value our local community and are custodians of the natural heritage at Borde Hill. By unlocking 110 acres of our heritage listed Parkland we hope to connect our local community with the restorative power of nature and inspire future generations through outdoor learning, while protecting our rare collection of flora and fauna and encouraging greater biodiversity.

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?

Borde Hill is home to Emmenopterys henryi, a rare deciduous Chinese tree collected by notable Plant Hunter George Forrest. Planted on the Azalea Ring in 1928, our tree is one of the few original specimens in the UK to flower, the first time being in 2011, inspiring the new Borde Hill logo.
Emmenopterys henryi

Opening Times

We are now closed for the season, but will reopen for our Family Christmas events on 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16th-19th December, 10am to 3.30pm.

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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