Valentine's Day at Stowe

A female and male holding hands leaning against a column smiling and looking in love

From gifts to handmade chocolates, plan your Valentine's moments building up to the special day with a visit to Stowe.

What's on?

8 February, 12noon into the afternoon - Drop in the weekend before the big day to meet local chocolatiers Auberge du Chocolate for a taster of their delectable treats and purchase a box for that special someone. Choose from spring jewellery in the shop and discover dreamy novels in The Old Dairy Bookshop.

Until 14 Feb, take a risk and play 'Blind date with a book', we'll only give you a tiny clue of the story that's hidden inside. Hopefully it'll be a match made in heaven. Head into The Old Dairy Bookshop to choose your date.

On Sun 16 February, local community group The Men in Sheds will be at the New Inn visitor selling their handcrafted wildlife habitat and nesting boxes. Something to make you and some little love birds happy this Valentines. Entry to the New Inn is free of charge.

Walking is good for the heart

Head outdoors for a winter walk through the gardens and soak up the atmosphere with lakes, winding paths and classical temples setting a scene of love. Of course, Stowe also provides a special backdrop for those of you wishing to pop the question and propose. Normal admissions apply to enter the garden. Here's a list of our top romantic spots: 

  • The snowdrop path through Lamport Garden to the Gothic Temple
  • The Ruin on the Cascade
  • The Temple of Venus
  • The Rotunda
  • The Grotto
  • The Palladian Bridge
  • The Temple of Friendship
  • Queens Temple
  • The Sleeping Wood
  • The Wooden Bridge
A winding grass path leads to the Sleeping Wood at Stowe. The paths has borders of shrubs and seasonal roses and has a bech at the top.

The Sleeping Wood at Stowe

A romantic story lies behind the design of the Sleeping Wood at Stowe. Delve into the deeper meanings from the tale of Sleeping Beauty that inspired this magical part of the Western Garden.

The Path of Vice

Stowe was never just a garden. Its creator, Lord Cobham, set the gardens out to reveal his beliefs about the politics and morality of the day. We invite you to take a stroll down The Path of Vice.

The golden statue of Venus glistens from the sunlight in The Rotunda.
The golden statue of Venus glistens from the sunlight in The Rotunda, an open temple.
The golden statue of Venus glistens from the sunlight in The Rotunda.

Greek mythology was well-known in the eighteenth century. The Paths of Vice and Virtue represent the Greek god, Hercules’ struggle between these two choices. The Path of Vice takes place in the garden of love (designed by then head gardener, appropriately called Mr Love!). The temples in this area allude to stories of love and lust - purchase a guide book from the shop to follow this route on a Valentines walk. 

Loving Stowe - For ever, for everyone 

If you and your loved one enjoy sharing special moments at Stowe, you can support our work in looking after this eighteenth-century romantic garden by donating towards our community, conservation and restoration projects.

Capture a memory on a walk to see Stowe's iconic monuments
A middle aged man and woman smile and kneel down on the grass in front of the Palladian Bridge taking a photo of themselves with a phone
Capture a memory on a walk to see Stowe's iconic monuments