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.

Enjoy the fiery shades on Stowe Avenue, framing the Corinthian Arch providing a dramatic first appearance to the gardens.

Autumn rambles

Between 16 September and 3 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.  

A faun picture of a Faun (a Greek mythical creature - half man, half goat) watches over a Valley with a temple and shepard sleeping under a tree

Under the Hawthorn at Stowe

This autumn open the door to the Grecian Valley at Stowe where you'll uncover how the designed landscape has inspired our predecessors and still draws creative responses today. Take in the restored statues and monuments on walks, guided tours, meet our Poet-in-Residence Dan Simpson and experts in a series of events throughout the season.

Autumn watch

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.

Restoration work

A programme of restoration is underway and you can see the return of lost statues in the Grecian Valley, take new paths and find areas to explore. As we complete 54 tasks over the next two years we'll be closer to our goal of restoring Stowe to its eighteenth-century heyday.

Stowe Gardens' crumbling ruins

Restoring Stowe 2015-2019

2015 saw the start of a new phase of restoration for the gardens at Stowe. The Landscape Programme comprises of 54 tasks taking place over five years to reinstate many of the lost temples and monuments that once ‘dressed’ the gardens like pieces of a theatre set whilst undertaking maintenance on structures and lakes. Read more and keep up to date here.

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. 

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.