Autumn colour at Stowe
As summer draws to a close, welcome in the damp mornings and sunny days whilst making the most of the afternoon sun. The gardens develop rich autumn hues of reds, golds and oranges creating a bright display that marks this seasonal change. Discover a kaleidoscope of colour on a variety of walks and stop off for tea-time treats in the cosy cafe.
Between 16 September and 17 November, pick up a variety of self-led walks from the welcome centre to enjoy a ramble around the gardens and park. This year, we're celebrating Stowe as a place of creative inspiration with a Poet-in-Residence and activities of 'Under the Hawthorn'. You'll also be able to experience Stowe's best autumn colour with a ramble route chosen by our gardeners.
Head down the corridor at the New Inn visitor centre and choose a map from one of the giant boots and begin your ramble! We've also got them available to download if you fancy a sneak peek below.
Which route will you choose?
Pick up our signature autumn rambles walk for 2019. Explore the Grecian Valley and the pastoral idyll to take you on a journey to another world of Arcadia.
This year we’re celebrating our thirtieth anniversary as custodians of Stowe. The gardens and parkland were gifted to the National Trust in 1989 by Stowe School. Follow this autumn walk to find out what’s been taking place and the many more jobs that there are to come.
Off the beaten track, the Lamport Garden is often missed on a visit to Stowe. Our Gardner Tim has highlighted the best spots to discover this gem tucked away with its contrasting style of rock and water which will surprise and delight you this autumn.
Restoration of Stowe
As we come to the close of a five year restoration project, lost temples and monuments have been reinstated, lakes maintained and new areas opened. Follow this walk and see a selection of the fifty-four tasks that have taken place to bring the gardens back to their eighteenth-century glory.
We know many of you will be ringing us to find out when the best of the autumn colour is. Awaiting mother nature and her whims has proven difficult with climate change in recent years making it difficult to predict. We'll be tracking the colour throughout the season on Twitter. Help us by sharing your pictures of Stowe to tell us where the best places are and when with #autumncolour.
Try a midweek visit
We’re busiest at weekends, so if you’re looking for a more peaceful day out, visit during the week to enjoy the crunch of leave underfoot.
There are a selection of events taking place mid-week and we also host a monthly dog walk on the third Wednesday of each month.
Autumn adventures guide
Explore autumn with your senses, feel the crunch of leaves underfoot and go on a scavenger hunt whilst you find some of our top '50 things to do before you're 11¾' using this guide. Take a peek or print it to bring along with you when you visit.
Halloween haunts this half-term
Over the October half term, there'll be plenty of spooky goings on for your children to enjoy. From our haunting trail running daily to autumn ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’, visit us for a fun family day out at Stowe.
Help raise funds
Help us raise funds by purchasing a raffle ticket when you visit. This year all of the donations are helping us to return Apollo and the Nine Muses in the Elysian Fields. What's more you could be the lucky winner of a variety of prizes.