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Notice: High winds are expected on Tuesday 22 October, please call us on 01280 817156 to check if the gardens are open. The New Inn visitor centre with restored parlour rooms, cafe, shop, welcome area and facilities will be open.

A monumental day out

The scale and beauty of Stowe has attracted visitors for over 300 years. Picture-perfect views, winding paths, lakeside walks and temples create a timeless landscape, reflecting the changing seasons. Full of hidden meaning, the gardens were created as an earthly paradise, and still cast their spell today.

Your visit starts at the New Inn visitor centre outside the gardens. This fusion of modern and restored 18th-century buildings was where visitors of the day were welcomed to Stowe.

Stop by the light and airy cafe for delicious fresh food and the cafe for unique products inspired by the gardens. The sheer size and space is perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking. A short walk or a ride in a buggy takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.

Seasonal highlights

Stowe's Sleeping Beauty

A darker meaning behind the well known story © Su Dore

Reveal hidden stories that lie beneath the Path of Vice and Sleeping Wood. Underneath the beauty and scale of the temples at Stowe, lies a story of fairy tales becoming truth and rumour of immoral characters who lived at Stowe through times past.

Visit us throughout the season on our Great British Walk or discover more at one of our special events.


Autumn on the way

Deep reds will soon be on the trees © NTPL/National Trust Images

The temperature is dropping and slowly the trees are beginning to change colour. Autumn at Stowe is something not to miss. Drop by and take a walk along our Autumn Amble route to see some of the best spots for brights hues and golden red trees within the vast landscape and backdrop of the temples.

One of our favourite things to enjoy over the season is driving up Stowe Avenue towards the Corinthian Arch taking in the huge variety of colours that change daily that lead to the visitor centre.

Autumn shopping range arriving soon

The National Trust autumn shop range © NTPL/National Trust Images

Find inspired gifts, rich autumn hues, furniture sets, garden plants, and beautiful benches and garden sculpture in our shop this autumn.

Try a midweek visit

Get away from it all with a visit during the week © NTPL/National Trust

We know some of you like a more peaceful visit. We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a quieter day out, why not visit during the week if you can?

Family fun this October half-term

Follow the pumpkin trail to uncover the creepy clues. © NTPL/680191

Follow the pumpkin trail to uncover the creepy clues.

Enjoy autumn and the simple pleasures of crunchy leaves, crisp air and low glittering sun as you get out to make the most of family time over the October half-term.

Enjoy a variety of free family fun activities:

  • Slimy and slippery slug race - book to avoid disappointment.
  • Half-term pumpkin trail to find hallowe'en clues hidden in the gardens.
  • Follow our autumn amble walk to find bright autumn colour, use a leaf spotter sheet along your way.
  • Make and take crafts - leaf crowns and witch's wands.

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