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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.
Could you be our next volunteer of the year?
We are celebrating the people from our local community who give so much back to our charitable cause and help us by volunteering at National Trust Stowe. Find out about an inspirational story of Ivy Cakebread, our award winning volunteer and the new roles we are currently recruiting for that you could apply for.
Step into another garden where time seems to stand still over winter and follow our wander walk as it takes you around the gardens to see views that are sculpted by the leafless trees. Flora and fauna have been highlighted by our Gardener Denise for you to see the best of winter at Stowe.
We're currently in the process of restoring an area of the parkland down Bell Gate Drive. The work will continue throughout December. You'll see the work taking place as you make your way down to the gardens, stop by to see the interesting conservation work in action. Ask a member of the National Trust team to learn more
Snowdrops and seasonal flowers
Vast amount of snowdrops and winter flowers in the Elysian Fields, Lamport Garden and Sleeping Wood will start to show their heads in January. Over the last few years, the gardeners have worked hard to plant additional bulbs such as lilies and primroses. We're hoping this will result in the flower display this year longer lasting until the end of April.
Try a midweek visit
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?
Enjoy a peaceful Winter wander walk, and a selection of events taking place mid-week. We also host a monthly dog walk on a Wednesday, and Toddler Tuesdays.
Bring your family along to our Wassail event to welcome in the New Year with all of the noise and family fun imaginable!
We start by making instruments out of recycled materials, the noisier the better! We then get all of families to join in with the Milton Keynes Lobo Tren Samba band on a musical parade down the Bell Gate Drive before we head into the parkland for the wassail ceremony. It’s a real kick-start to the New Year and the children love getting involved in the celebrations, the songs we sing and dancing.
The event takes place on 17 January from 10.30am-12.30pm, is free of charge and suitable for all ages to enjoy. We suggest leaving pushchairs for you smaller toddlers at our visitor centre as the route into the parkland can be muddy - get those wellies at the ready. We hope to see you there.