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Iford Manor Gardens

Cafe or restaurant
Dog friendly
Disabled facilities


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

About Iford Manor Gardens

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.

Garden Facilities

Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Cafe/Restaurant, Car Park, Gift Shop, Plant Shop/Small Nursery

Garden Features

Spring: Daffodils, Cherry Blossom, Bluebells, Wisteria, Perennial Borders
Summer: Roses, Perennial Borders
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Formal Garden, Woodland Walk, Pool/Pond
Additional features: Statues, Parterre, Japanese Garden

Tickets & Discounts

Day ticket prices: Adults £7.50, Over 65s £6.50, Children (10-18) £6.50, Children under 10 not permitted.
Concessions: Students £6.50, Carers free when accompanying a disabled visitor requiring a carer.
Season ticket prices: Individual £35 (incl. 20% off garden tours).
Memberships accepted:
  • RHS: Partner Garden - Lead member free on Fridays.
  • Historic Houses (HHA): Free entry.

Good to Know

  • Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads.
  • Family Friendly: No - Children are discouraged from coming - children under 10 not allowed, but 10-18 are permitted.
  • Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).
  • Bicycle Storage: Yes - you can lock up your bike at Iford Manor Gardens.
  • Public Transport: Yes - By train: We are 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.
  • Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using BA15 2BA.
  • Last Entry: Half an hour before 'Closing Time'.
  • Size of Site: 2.5 Acres.
  • Profile Information: Last updated by Iford Manor Gardens in 2021.
Please check the latest COVID-19 guidance before your visit.
1 April - 30 Sept Weds - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays 11AM - 4PM (Last entry 3:30PM)

Find Us

Iford Manor Gardens Iford Bradford on Avon GB BA15 2BA

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