My Glorious Gardens Series: Introducing Bowood Woodland Gardens

This is the first in My Glorious Gardens Series and I’m super excited!

Each post will review a garden or beautiful outdoor space that I have visited. 

Bowood Woodland Gardens near Calne, Wiltshire

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Sign with details of openings and prices

My first stop is the beautiful Woodland Gardens at Bowood near the town of Calne in Wiltshire. The walk is 2 miles from Bowood House and Gardens and can be visited separately.  Under 12’s are free so its super value for money. Personally, if I had children I would link this visit and see the main House and Gardens too as the playground is absolutely amazing! Oh and there is a fabulous hotel, spa and Tractor Ted for little ones so you could easily come for a weekend. The main Garden was designed by Capability Brown and they are holding special Capability Brown Days this Spring and Summer 2017. This is not a National Trust property but still owned by the family of Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne.

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The woodland garden is absolutely stunning! I have so many photos to share with you! There are bluebells, Magnolias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas galore as well as a small place to have tea, cake and ice-creams.

Sam, the man on the gate let us in a little earlier than 11am so we had the place to ourselves. You are given a free map and guide and the walks are clearly signposted. We took The Walk of the Week.

I don’t really need to write much more because I’m hoping the photos speak for themselves!


There were little places to sit and admire the views.
This is a rare photo of me!
The rain held off. Just!
Some of the plants were absolutely huge!

I think Dottie enjoyed herself! Well behaved dogs are allowed on leads.


Dottie amongst the bluebells.

And then, of course we couldn’t resist taking lots of close-up shots!


Close up of an English bluebell

In the middle of the Gardens is a Mausoleum for the family which is in a magnificent spot. You can go inside and read about who is laid to rest there.

The grand Mausoleum

The walk only took us an hour but you could easily spend half a day here wandering around and perhaps, taking a picnic. There are toilets and a darling little cafe.

It was a great place to visit in Wiltshire and one that I would recommend!

View across the Wiltshire countryside.

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