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A monumental day out

The scale and beauty of Stowe have 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 past were welcomed to Stowe.

Stop by the light and airy café for delicious fresh food and the shop 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 from New Inn takes you into the gardens, where another world awaits.

Family fun this summer

Pick up your passport when you arrive to tick off your completed challenges © National Trust

Pick up your passport when you arrive to tick off your completed challenges

Explore, run and discover this summer from 23 July to 2 September.

With 32 of the 50 things to see and do before you're 11 3/4 at Stowe, space to play, free craft drop in craft activities every day, picnic spots, free events to book on every Tuesday of the holidays and much more, you're family will have a monumental summer guaranteed to get your kids closer to nature, a breath of fresh air and a good nights sleep.

Check out our essential family summer activities.

Family fun this summer

Get closer to nature and discover the wildlife near the lakes © Nick Daly

Get closer to nature and discover the wildlife near the lakes

Explore, run and discover this summer from 23 July to 2 September.

With 32 of the 50 things to see and do before you're 11 3/4 at Stowe, space to play, free craft drop in craft activities every day, picnic spots, free events to book on every Tuesday of the holidays and much more, you're family will have a monumental summer guaranteed to get your kids closer to nature, a breath of fresh air and a good nights sleep.

Check out our essential family summer activities.

Stowe Appeal

You could help restore the garden at Stowe to its former glory so that people can enjoy its stories for years to come. Donate now to return missing statues, monuments, paths and areas of the garden.

Seasonal highlights

Stowe House - Grand opening

The grand opening of the discovery centre at Stowe House 

On Sunday 9 August, enjoy a special celebration and Grand opening of Stowe House's new Welcome and Discovery Centre.

There's free entry to the garden and Stowe House, with exhibitions, talking portraits, tours, story tellers, and family activities to bring history to life. Discover the lavish lifestyle of the family that once owned the magnificent House and garden at Stowe. 

Wildflowers in bloom

Spotted orchids throughout the garden © NTPL/Joe Cornish

The wildflowers are beginning to bloom in the garden. With swathes appearing in the Grecian Valley over the summer you'll also see an abundance of butterflies.

Restoring Stowe -The Landscape Programme

Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) with raindrops on Hafod Y Llan © NTPL/Joe Cornish

A new programme of restoration is underway this year so you will start to see the return of lost statues, paths and monuments with new areas to explore. As we complete 54 tasks over the next five years we will be closer to our goal of restoring Stowe to its 18th-century heyday. Throughout the year you will see work taking place and discover some of the stories behind Stowe – one of the most influential gardens in Europe.

We're recruiting

A friendly face speaking with visitors © John Millar

Over the next couple of years there are some exciting projects and programmes of work starting at Stowe and we need your help to make them a shining success. Find volunteering opportunities such as Cartoonists, Fundraisers, Ha-ha wall repairers, Marketing assistants and much more. We've also got staff roles available.

Try a midweek visit

Get away from it all with a visit during the week © 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?

Enjoy a peaceful spring walk and a selection of events taking place mid-week. We also host a monthly dog walks on a Wednesday, and Toddler activities on Tuesdays.
 

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