Spring beginnings at Sunnycroft

Spring flowers at Sunnycroft

Tucked away on the edge of Wellington is this rare suburban villa and estate in miniature. Built in 1880, most of Sunnycroft’s original features and much of its original contents remain and it is a rare example of its type.  

Spring beginnings at Sunnycroft

It’s a new chapter for Sunnycroft as we reopen the gates after being closed for a year. We’re going to be exploring different ways of opening this estate in miniature over the year in response to the impact of Coronavirus.

First up, we’re opening the garden on Sundays and Mondays to pre-booked visitors to enjoy a short stroll this spring. 

Green shoots at Sunnycroft.
Green shoots in the garden at Sunnycroft
Green shoots at Sunnycroft.

Take a turn around the grounds, find out how we’re preparing to start conservation and restoration work on a rare Halliday glasshouse, and take a moment to enjoy being in nature in this hidden suburban oasis of green in the heart of Wellington.

Before visiting, please check local and national government guidance on travelling.

While we’ve been closed we’ve only been able to carry out essential gardening tasks, visit throughout the year to see how our garden grows. We’re not able to open the house to visitors yet, look out for more information about visiting Sunnycroft later in the year. 

Sunnycroft Halilday

Conserving Sunnycroft's conservatory

One of only two remaining examples of its type, find out why this 120 year old conservatory is so special, and why vital restoration work is needed.

Spring blooms

Look out for the golden daffodils welcoming our first visitors when we reopen at the end of March. Crocuses and hyacinths, and tulips will add splashes of colour to the garden during April. Apple tree blossom will bring the colours of white and pink into the orchard towards the end of April.

Spring sunshine at Sunnycroft
Spring sunshine at Sunnycroft
Spring sunshine at Sunnycroft
Stained glass detail from a window at Sunnycroft

Please book ahead before visiting 

The garden at Sunnycroft will reopen on Sundays and Mondays from Sunday 28 March. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.


Thank you for your support

When you visit Sunnycroft this spring you’re helping to conserve and maintain this special place for future generations. Thank you for your support.