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Notice: Planning a weekend visit? The roads around Stowe and in particular the M1 and A43 will be busier than normal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with traffic for MotoGP event held at Silverstone Race Circuit. On Sunday there may be diversions and one-way routes in place, please follow directional signage. Stowe is open for business as normal. We look forward to seeing you soon.

A monumental day out

Embark on a journey, follow in the footsteps of 18th-century tourists and immerse yourself in 250 acres of stunning, informal landscape.

A short walk down the drive and a vast landscape opens up rewarding you with a breathtaking view across the lake. With over 40 historic temples and monuments, each with their own story, our gardens incorporate history, nature and beauty in majestic surroundings.

The sheer size and space make it perfect for those who love the outdoors and enjoy walking whatever the weather, with each season bringing its own delights and unique sights. Activities, events and a wide range of walks and trails make it an ideal day out for the family throughout the year.

Seasonal highlights

Summer days

Walk in grand gardens to your heart’s content © John Millar

It's the time of year for simple pleasures: play, picnics and lazy days. At Stowe there are lakeside walks, garden games, trees to climb and a timeless green valley dotted with wildflowers. Late afternoon when the sun glitters across the lakes, there's still
time for tea and a spot of shopping. Plenty to discover at Stowe this season.


Wildflowers in abundance

Spotted orchid found at the far end of the Grecian Valley © NTPL/Joe Cornish

See the wildflowers in abundance throughout the gardens in a wide variety of colour and species throughout summer.

Summer shopping

Summer display at Stowe’s shop with horse sculpture © Melanie Whitrow

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

Stowe stars in a new BBC series

Watch this show on BBC iplayer © KEO films

The gardens at Stowe have recently featured in a new BBC documentary series uncovering the rich social and horticultural history of four famous British gardens. The four-part series, British Gardens in Time, aired in April on BBC4 and is now available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.  An accompanying book is available from the shop at Stowe or for the e-book via iTunes.  A DVD of the series is soon to be released.

Find out more about the programme

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?

Summer of fun with our 50 things

Hunt for bugs this summer

Hunt for bugs this summer

Join us in an adventure to kick-start your challenge. Find 34 of the 50 things to do at Stowe, explore and enjoy our space and stretch those legs.

Every Tuesday of holidays, 10.30am-12.30pm
We've a whole series of activities for you and your little ones to enjoy. From hunting bugs in the Grecian Valley, hearing stories of myths and monsters, to creating lilliput gardens, there's lots to keep you busy. Don't miss the chance to hold creatures such as owls too. Booking is essential to avoid disappointment.

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