Autumn colour at Claremont
Once a favoured royal retreat, Claremont's sculpted landscape provides a stunning backdrop for a rejuvenating autumnal stroll. An autumnal treat hides around every corner: 300-year-old sweet chestnuts loose their bounty, lime-lined avenues light up in yellow, and piles of crunchy leaves gather, awaiting the joyous leaps of tiny boots. Here's a taster of the best to see this season in the garden.
When is the best time to see the autumn colours?
The first signs of autumn usually appear from mid September, with the autumnal display coming out in full during October and well into November. There's something new to see everyday during this fast changing season.
Where can I eat and drink?
Visit the cafe for freshly made hot lunches, cakes and bakes and warming hot drinks. We have children's portions available too along with ice creams for when the sun shines!
Is the garden accesible?
The path around the lake is a level hoggin service which is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
What to look out for
Though easily ignored at any other time of year, the liquidambar is truly the king of autumn, with an incredibly diverse palette of seasonal colour from maroon to yellow and everything in between.
Tulip tree magic
Duck under the canopy of the lakeside tulip tree and you'll find yourself in a world of beautiful, bright yellow foliage.
Take a look at its fruit in autumn and you'll see how the strawberry tree got its name. See if you can spot one of these unusual specimens in the garden.
During autumn wonderfully strange and colourful types of fungi appear at Claremont.