Park & garden
50 things to do before you're 11 ¾
Outdoor adventures are easy to find. Fly your kite in the park or play conkers under one of our huge trees. Ask the team at reception for more info when you arrive.
Wizard Wix's Willow Warren
Get to grips with willow tunnels, domes, balance beams and sculptures. We've even got wood piles for den building. Find us on the map in Great Wix Wood.
Little Wix Wood
Visit this woodland in spring for the best bluebells around, stop for a summer picnic or come back later in the year for some fiery autumn colour.
We’ve had new paths laid through our park. The hard paths enable you to take a less muddy, and cow free, stroll to Wix Wood and our children’s adventure area.
The NGS quiet garden
Newly open to the public, this tranquil spot is the ideal space for relaxing with a book or just enjoying the beautiful planting that's synonymous with the NGS.
The temple and icehouse
Take a wander to the top of the garden and you'll discover the recently restored stone temple. Just around the corner there's the icehouse, an 18th-century fridge freezer.
At its best in summer, this area of chalk grassland has a rich variety of flowers and butterflies. See cowslips in spring and three types of orchid in summer.
The formal gardens and wider parkland are not always open at the same time. Our gardens, inside the park fences, are only open on the same days as our house. House open days are limited because Hatchlands is a family home.
The wider parkland, including most of our park walks, is open every day throughout the season.
There are five marked walks through our parkland. You can download a trail for the Long Walk which follows the entire perimeter of the park. Or, download a trail for the Wix Woods Walk which passes the children’s natural adventure area. You can find the other routes on the map in our welcome leaflet.
Our parkland, café and shop are now open. You can join us for a spring walk then stop by our newly refurbished Kitchen Café for a hot coffee. Our house and garden remain closed until April, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors, whilst we continue essential work in the house.
The Jekyll garden
The Gertrude Jekyll garden, our parterre to the south of the house, will not be accessible this year. The box hedges in this area have contracted box blight, a disease that causes dieback in the hedges. To avoid the spread of this disease to other areas of the park, and to allow us to treat the soil and remove infected material, the Jekyll garden will be closed for the foreseeable future.
You’ll find great picnic options all over the place. Throw a rug down on the lawn in front of the house or head further a field to one of the many picnic spots in the park. Our picnic areas are cow-free zones, so you can enjoy your food in peace. They’re marked on our map with a picnic table.
Our parkland is a great place to walk your four-legged friends. We welcome dogs to the park but please not the house, formal garden or the children's adventure area. Visit our dog owners' page to find out which of our walks are most suitable for dogs and to download walking trails.
There are lots of fun things for children to do outdoors here. Download our garden trail and find all of the hidden gems in our garden and park. Follow the map to find out what you can do and tick each thing off as you go. Bring a copy with you or pick one up from reception when you visit.
More to do
- You can enjoy a host of giant garden games on the lawn, just ask us to fetch them for you
- Visit Sheepwash Pond, settle in for a picnic or enjoy the wildlife on show. Look out for the Egyptian geese
- Visit our wildflower meadow for cowslips, orchids, red clover and butterflies
- If you’re not able to walk around the park we can lend you a Tramper mobility vehicle for the day
- Visit the ancient woodland, our oldest trees have been here for over 400 years
- Keep an eye out for our happy herd of Dexter cattle, who keep the grass cut for us
Humphry Repton at Hatchlands
Preserving the park
There's lots of essential, unseen work that goes on behind the scenes in our garden and park, allowing everything to run smoothly.