The autumn display

A view across the lake at Stourhead in autumn

Stourhead is one of the world’s finest landscape gardens and in autumn you can see vistas highlighted with burnished leaves and rusty colour palettes.

Exploring the garden

With a lake at its centre, the garden is planned with temples and follies and a planting scheme which allows the colours to wash through the landscape of a 6-8 week period.

Though autumn never keeps to the same schedule, towards the end of August the North American maples have begun to turn a scarlet red, signifying the start of the autumn season. Around this time the Japanese acers, hornbeam, chestnuts, also start their vivid display. A little later in autumn the Tulip trees take on a yellow hue while the oak and beech finish off the season with their bright oranges late in October.

Throughout autumn the garden draws in thousands of people to enjoy the spectacular display of colour, and to help keep you updated our garden team, records a weekly leaf line with what the garden is looking like that week.  


Visiting this autumn

The best way to see autumn at Stourhead is to come a few times and see the season progress. It’s a gradual change with different species of tree changing throughout autumn, and so there isn’t one specific moment which is the perfect time to visit. Please be aware that the garden closes on Thursday 4 November.

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