What to see in the garden this season

The gardens are awash with colour this season with beautiful borders and picturesque ponds.

The garden is ever-changing as we continue with plans to create a vibrant 21st-century garden with echoes from the past. You can read more about the garden plans, here.

Join us on our journey as we explore elements of Johannes Kip's 17th-century engraving to inform our planting plans - which include the development of newly created magnificent borders on the lawn and reinstating a parterre in front of the house.

Thanks to year-round effort from the garden team with inspired seasonal planting schemes, there's always patches of colour in the garden - from the fiery red dogwood, framing the pools in from winter into spring and the hyacinths which add a blue and white grandeur to the garden.

A place to relax

The garden sits in the shadow of the main house and neighbouring St Peter's Church. There are plenty of inviting benches and spots to rest along the way.

The borders along the Avenue are awash with colour this summer with a huge range of blooms and warm colours.

Cider apple trees are being trained on attractive purpose-built iron frames along the Avenue's edges in the espalier design of the 17th century thanks to a recent gift in a will by a generous local donor.

Pool gardens

The pool gardens with its gentle cascade is a relaxing place to wander round or take a break on a bench and relax. The borders are filled with colour and the ponds teaming with life. 

The lower pond is surrounded by plants that reflect the Victorian pleasure grounds, constructed of meandering pathways, lawns and reveals, and stuffed full of colour and seasonal interest like a jewel box. Small trees give height and shade and plants give all year round reflection over the water.

The borders around the upper pool are planted in a wilder, looser style, with self seeding varieties mingling amongst roses and small trees. Under the mulberry is a shady border of geraniums, ferns and sweet cicely.

Guided tours

Tours of the garden take place most morning and afternoons. Please see boards on arrival for more information.

Perry orchard

On the south side of the garden is Nichol's perry pear orchard, which is full of wildflowers in the early summer and a great place to picnic later on in the season. 

Fountain Court

By the house, the courtyard known as Fountain Court was re-presented as a 17th-century herb garden in 2018, with wall trained fruit and a variety of herbs.

As well as trees and plants in the garden, there is an abundance of wildlife - countless bees and butterflies and, at night, bats.

Walks

The 270-acres of parkland is a great place to walk and explore in the great outdoors with far-reaching views right across to Wales. There are a range of set walks or you're free to wander at leisure.

Please note: Assistance dogs are welcome but we do not allow other dogs on site, other than a small dog walking area next to the car park.

Your visit

We have two electric mobility vehicles for those who can't manage the hill. The service is run by volunteers and subject to availability.

Please note: A small selection of rooms in the main house is open each afternoon while planned conservation and decorative work takes place. The new exhibition and basement are open too.

Food and drink

You can refuel at the tea-room where there's a range of snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. The tea garden kiosk will also be open at busier times, subject to staffing levels.

Shopping

The National Trust shop is stocked with goodies ranging from beautiful gifts to foods, cards, calendars, gardening equipment, children's toys and games, plants and lots of books.

Dyrham Park is open from 10am until 5pm daily (last entry 4pm).