The Garden

Explore 17 acres of garden

The herbaceous borders in the rose garden © Andrew Butler

The herbaceous borders in the rose garden

It may not be big but the garden at Wightwick boasts a great variety of planting styles to interest you.

Cherry tree in blossom on south terrace of Wightwick Manor © Patrick Vasey

Cherry tree in blossom on south terrace of Wightwick Manor

Thomas Mawson

In 1904 and 1910 the Manders employed the foremost Arts and Crafts garden designer, Thomas Mawson, to lay out their garden. Mawson was a renowned designer from Windermere and he had designed many gardens to complement Edward Ould's gardens for Lord Leverhulme, so it was clear he was the right man for the job. His designs weren't fully implimented but the basic layout and principles are still clear in one of the National Trust's few Mawson gardens.

Rooms with a yew

Looking down on the yew hedges

The dominant design feature of the garden is its 'rooms' - areas of the garden marked by clipped yew hedges or terraces giving the garden a wide variety of different feelings.


Apple tree branches grow like fingers into the sky

Just beyond the formal lawns and gardens are the two orchards which over recent years have been restocked with traditional varieties. They're a great place to sit under a tree with a picnic and relax.

The English rose

The Rose Garden at Wightwick Manor

The Arts and Crafts movement in gardening renewed our love of such classic English plants as the rose. Wightwick has serval varieties bordering the paths, lawns and in the formal rose garden.

Self-guided walks

A lovely setting to practice your walking skills © NTPL/National Trust

A lovely setting to practice your walking skills

We have a series of self-guided walks, available from reception, designed to suit all ages from those with tiny legs or pushchairs to those feeling a bit more adventurous.


Go off piste and discover more © NTPL/Ian Shaw

Go off piste and discover more

We have a fun orienteering course for you to try. Designed by the Walton Chasers it’s suitable for any age group and is a great way to try orienteering. Pick up your map from the Visitor Reception and the course starts right outside.

Informal gardens

Lake at Wightwick Manor with Autumn leaves reflected in it

Beyond the hedges and flower beds are the informal gardens. With two pools as central features they provide year-round interest with spring flowers, summer rhododendrons and autumn colour.

Amazing aerial video

Have a look at this amazing aerial video of Wightwick's gardens taken in spring by Midlands Panoramics.