The Walled Gardens at Croome
The privately owned historic gardens are a key part of Croome’s landscape designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Although we look after the rest of the parkland, the walled gardens are owned by Chris and Karen Cronin who acquired it separately and rescued it from ruin in the year 2000.
They have restored many of the buildings and large greenhouses with great care and attention but much more work is still to be carried out with the help of a team of volunteers and gardeners.
What to expect
You'll be able to chat to volunteers and see the extensive restoration work on the greenhouses, the beautiful border planting, the rose garden and working vegetable plots of the five acre walled gardens.
Work over the Winter 2018/19
Work commenced over the winter months to restore the Tomato House, with plans to progress with the Pineapple House and finally the Mediterranean garden throughout 2019. Visitors will be able to see significant progress in the gardens this year, and will be able to see the developments throughout the seasons.
The underground tunnels
The tunnels were originally constructed to protect and maintain the hot water pipes which carried heat from the boiler house and distributed it to the array of nearby glass houses.
Approximately 35m long, the main tunnel can be walked through in less than a minute. Visitors don a hard hat and descend a flight of steps in the now fully restored fig house. Winding their way through the dimly lit tunnels, which can be a little narrow and low in places, they come up in the boiler house. Adventurous children will be given a ‘I survived the Croome tunnels’ sticker to show off to their friends and family for their bravery.
How to find the Walled Gardens
The gardens can only be accessed through Croome’s visitor centre where admission tickets can be purchased.
Walled Garden entry prices are below. Please show your National Trust membership card or, if you're not a member, purchase a parkland admission to venture around the park and lakeside.
Dogs are not allowed to enter the walled garden but tether hooks are provided outside the entrance gate.
Shop and Visitor Centre
A shop and visitor centre is now open in the newly restored vinery. Visitors can explore art work on display and browse carefully chosen, mostly handmade, cards, gifts and art, all of which are available to purchase. With views looking out across the walled gardens, and with natural light beaming through the windows, the shop and gallery space is a stunning place to spend time and the Cronin family are keen for visitors to enjoy the latest addition to the walled gardens experience.
Art Installations for 2019
Following the interest with the art installations in 2018, The Walled Gardens are hosting another series of exhibitions. During the six months the gardens are open to the public there will be three exhibitions, each one running for seven weeks and each one showcasing the work of four talented artists. More details of the exhibitions can be found at Visitor Reception where there is a leaflet or you can download it here Download the leaflet (PDF / 1.4MB) download
19 April to 9 June will feature the work of: Ian Marlow, Angela Palmer, Frans Wesselman and Sharon McSwiney.
14 June to 4 August will feature the work of: Laura Hickman, Jeannette Therrien, Joe McLaren and Neil Spalding
9 Augyst to 29 September will feature the work of: Darren Rumley, Claudia Petley and Paul Shepherd, Kate Wrigglesworth and Ali Tregaskes
Opening times and admission prices
The gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm (last entry 4pm) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (plus Bank Holidays) from Friday 19 April to Sunday 29 September 2019.
To book group tours outside of these dates please call 01905 371006.
As the Walled Gardens are privately owned there is an additional admission fee of £5 per adult (children free) which goes towards its restoration.
" The passion of the owners, Chris and Karen Cronin, for the Walled Garden inspires you to want to share this with all the visitors. The beautiful setting cannot fail to lift the spirits, even on the gloomiest and coldest days, making volunteering there a pleasure."
Aerial video by Bright Sky Videos of the Walled Gardens in 2017