Where to see gardens with Tudor features

We care for gardens that date back many centuries, including those with Tudor features. Some are original, and others have been recreated with careful research into garden design from the period between Henry VIII's reign in 1485 to Elizabeth I's in 1603.

The garden in April viewed from the old fish pond at Godolphin House, Cornwall

Godolphin, Cornwall

Centuries of neglect have ensured that the 16th-century garden of this romantic old house has remained virtually unchanged. As such, it's considered one of the most important of its kind in Europe and today major conservation work is underway to ensure its preservation.

The Gatehouse at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

This great Tudor house was built by the formidable Bess of Hardwick in the late 1500s. The arrangements of courts and orchards have hardly changed since then, and the little banqueting house is typical of the period, although the gardens we see today are from a later date. The impressive herb garden was created by us in the 1960s and contains plants that would have been familiar to an Elizabethan household. A rare surviving series of fishponds can be found in the western side of the park.

Sheep alongside the Water Garden at Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

Lyveden New Bield, Northhamptonshire

Lyveden is a remarkable survival of the Elizabethan era. Created by Sir Thomas Tresham as a symbol of Catholicism, the house was never completed and has remained unaltered to cast a ghostly presence over the garden. Composed of orchards, terraces, moats and viewing mounts the garden has been meticulously restored and now you can enjoy a truly rare experience of wandering through an Elizabethan garden.

The balustraded wall with rotunda and garden pavilion in the East Court garden at Montacute House, Somerset

Montacute House, Somerset

The garden of this magnificent mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips, still retains much of its original layout, in particular the north garden, the east court and the kitchen garden. Of special interest is the pair of banqueting houses and the wall topped with balustrades and pyramids.

The Knot Garden at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Though no record of the original garden exists, the layout of the garden has been recreated to complement the moated timber-framed house with a knot garden and an historic vegetable garden planted with some of the earliest known varieties in England such as Colewort, salsify, beet, borecole, winter raddish, haricot beans and marrow fat peas.

The 17th-century Summer House in the garden of The Vyne, Hampshire

The Vyne, Hampshire

This 16th-century Tudor power house was visited by King Henry VIII on several occasions. Today the early 17th-century summer-house has survived as one of the oldest garden buildings in the country. Along with an orchard there's also a good collection of ancient trees, including the ‘Hundred Guinea Oak’, believed to be about 650 years old.

The Knot Garden at Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

Moseley Old Hall, Staffordshire

The one acre garden of this house, built around 1600, is a modern recreation of what might have been here in the early 17th century. The layout is based on what's known about similar gardens of the period creating an enclosed garden together with a geometric knot garden.