Park & garden

Little Wix Wood

In springtime Little Wix Wood is a carpet of colour © Genevieve Aberdeen

In springtime Little Wix Wood is a carpet of colour

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. 

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾

Start your 50 things adventure here © National Trust

Start your 50 things adventure here

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

Visit our natural adventure area for children © Genevieve Aberdeen

Visit our natural adventure area for children

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.

Parkland paths

Our new paths will keep you free from mud © Matt Batchelor

Our new paths will keep you free from mud

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

Enjoy the peace and quiet in our NGS garden © James Duffy

Enjoy the peace and quiet in our NGS 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.

Wildflower meadow

Look carefully to spot orchids like this common spotted  © Matt Batchelor

Look carefully to spot orchids like this common spotted

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 temple and icehouse

The temple was brought to Hatchlands in 1953 by Hal Goodhart-Rendel © Matt Batchelor

The temple was brought to Hatchlands in 1953 by Hal Goodhart-Rendel

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.

Opening times

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.

Walking

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.

Spring

You can join us for a spring walk then stop by our newly refurbished Kitchen Café for a hot coffee. There's still great late spring colour to see. Enjoy May blossom in the hedgerows, horse chestnuts in full flower, helleborines on centenary walk and varieties of lilac in our gardens.

The Jekyll garden

Diseased box plants

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.

Picnic spots

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.

Dog owners

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.

Garden trail

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

The layout of the park remains much as Repton envisaged © Matt Batchelor

The layout of the park remains much as Repton envisaged

George Holme Sumner decided that the parkland needed a new lease of life. He turned to Humphry Repton, one of the best landscape designers of the day.

Preserving the park

Our work ensures a positive impact for future generations © Matt Batchelor

Our work ensures a positive impact for future generations

There's lots of essential, unseen work that goes on behind the scenes in our garden and park, allowing everything to run smoothly.

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