What to see in the garden this summer

The gardens are awash with colour this season with beautiful borders, picturesque ponds and selected spots for picnicking.

The garden is ever-changing as we continue with plans to create a vibrant 21st-century garden with echoes from the past.

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, hopefully, in time reinstating a parterre in front of the house.

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 a display of lavender that brings a delicious fresh scent to the air.

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 such as foxgloves and honesty mingling amongst roses and small trees. Under the mulberry is a shady border of geraniums, ferns and sweet cicely.

Perry orchard

On the south side of the garden is Nichol's perry pear orchard, which is full of wildflowers in the early summer months and a great place to picnic later on in the season. The garden team has mown paths and secluded picnic areas in the orchard so you can feel like you are immersed in the flowers and grasses without having to stray from the paths.

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.

Summer 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

Pre-booking through the website is advised at weekends and during school holidays and slots go live each Friday for the week ahead (Mon-Sun). Tickets can be booked until 3pm the day before. We have an electric accessibility vehicle for those who can't manage the hill which should be pre-booked by email ahead of your visit (please see Facilities and Access tabs above).

The house is open part-time - please check for exact opening times.

Please book ahead before visiting 

The parkland, garden, shop, kiosk and tea-room at Dyrham Park are open. The house is open five afternoons a week (not Mon and Fri), subject to volunteer numbers. We've introduced advanced booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. However, where spaces are available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary.