The gardens at Anglesey Abbey

Lord Fairhaven designed his garden around personal taste and his regular routine of entertaining guests, with something to show them each and every season. Today, the gardens still follow the same seasonal pattern, with different areas within the 114 acre garden coming into the spotlight for their time to shine, before making way for the next.

From purchasing the estate unseen at auction in the twenties, Lord Fairhaven gradually transformed the gardens here at Anglesey Abbey to the spectacular seasonal display found today, until his untimely death in 1966.

Adding and expanding the formal gardens, along with the help of close friends such as Major Vernon Daniell, there are several distinguishing features that can be found throughout, such as the use of straight, tree lined avenues with a sculpture at the end to draw your eye, or the use of circles and symmetry in the formal areas such as the Herbaceous Border. 

Today, the garden team, made up of eight gardeners and over 25 volunteers care for the gardens with the same passion in which they were created.

Keep an eye on the progress of what's coming up in the gardens by tracking our Flower Forecast. Created to help you plan your visit, it contains inside information on the progress of some of our most anticipated areas, such as the Snowdrops in Winter, Tulips in Spring, Roses and Herbaceous Border in Summer, and the Dahlias and fantastic autumn colour in the autumn. 

Along with the warmth from the sun, longer evenings, and plenty of picnics, Summer sees a burst of colour return to the gardens. From the open spaces of luscious green lawns, the broad vista of the Herbaceous Border, to the buzz found in the Wildflower Meadows, and the wave of scent around the Rose Garden, there's something for everyone.  

The Delphiuniums, found in the Herbaceous Border at Anglesey Abbey

The Herbaceous Border at Anglesey Abbey 

Designed around the vista that draws your eye to the mill, the Herbaceous Border intentionally reaches it's peak in June and July, offering a burst of colour in the sunshine.

The rose garden with Anglesey Abbey in the background

The Rose Garden at Anglesey Abbey 

Come and experience the spectacular colours and scents of Anglesey Abbey's traditional English Rose Garden.

A butterfly resting on a Black Knapweed within the Wildflower Meadows.

The Wildflower Meadows at Anglesey Abbey

Found to the west of the gardens, the Wildflower Meadows contain over 50 species of wildflowers, including cowslips, orchids and yellow rattle. Throughout the summer, it will become a hive of activity, with butterflies, small birds and numerous insects, including very important bees on the search for pollen and nectar. Today, we practise a technique called mosaic mowing, leaving parts uncut. This benefits all forms of life, from the 22 grass species to the insects, small mammals, and birds that enjoy the grassland habitats.

Arial view of the Sky Garden at Anglesey Abbey

The Skylight Garden 

Lean back, relax and explore the vast Fenland skies in our new Skylight Garden.

Want to know more? 

If you're inspired and what to find out more about the gardens here at Anglesey Abbey, book on to one of our seasonal highlights garden tours. Run by our friendly, knowledgeable garden guide volunteers, they offer an opportunity to walk round the gardens to the areas that are at their best on the day of your visit, whilst also discovering some of the stories behind their design, care and planting. 

Our tours run on weekdays, and leave from the Visitor Centre at 11.30am, and 1.30pm. Tour tickets can be picked up from the Visitor Welcome team upon arrival. Please note however, they are completely volunteer dependent, so please call ahead if you're planning to make a special trip. 

To find out more, click here. 

Looking after this special place

Inspirational ideas in the Plant Centre

Did you know that we have a Plant Centre that stocks not only a range of garden tools, benches and garden ornaments, but also a variety of plants that can be found in the gardens of Anglesey Abbey? Some of them are even grown by our very own gardens team! 

If you've found inspiration in the gardens, and want to recreate a small piece of Anglesey Abbey at home, head to our plant centre. You'll not only be purchasing something to remind you of our gardens, but you'll also be helping to support the care of this special place for the future. What could be better than that!

From Snowdrops to Dahlias, our offer is constantly evolving with the gardens seasonally, so if there's something you're looking for, please just ask. 

Our Plant Centre is open daily from 10am, and can be found located through the shop. Pop in and say hello, we'd love to see you. 

Celebrating the Winter Garden

This year will see the Winter Garden, famous for its winding paths and stunning Silver Birches, turn 21. Completed in 1998, and designed to commemorate the centenary of Lord Fairhaven's birth, this garden has been backdrop to many snowdrop tours, and in recent years has been the beginning of our wonderful Winter Lights trail. 

Over time, some of the planting has got to the end of its life and as a result the garden is now in need of a little bit of attention. 2019 marks the beginning of a project to breathe a new lease of life into this space, ensuring that it's here for many, many years to come. 

This year, we're fundraising to support this project, and all funds raised by our Special Places Raffle will go directly towards this garden.

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Special places raffle 

You can help to support the continual care of the Winter Garden and win up to £10,000 in the Special Places Raffle 2019. Click here to find out more.

A pin badge showing Rose 'Keep Smiling' with a orange rose

Support the work in the gardens 

Pick up one of our rose pin badges on your next visit to play your part in keeping Anglesey Abbey's gardens blooming. With three to choose from depending on the time of your visit, use it as a memento from your day spent with us. Badges can be picked up for a suggested £1 donation at various points across the estate. Looking for other way's to support us? Why not take part in the Special Places raffle. Click here to find out more.