Explore a historic riverside garden

The broad curve of the river Wye

This garden has given pleasure for centuries with sweeping views of the River Wye and unspoilt Herefordshire countryside, it is easy to see why the location has appealed to so many since Roman times.

Come and discover how the 10 acre site has evolved over the years passing through the hands of different families and fashions. The layout you see today is largely due to the improvements made by Roger Parr in the 1920's, with the garden split between the natural riverside garden and the productive walled garden.

The riverside garden

The weir has long since disappeared but what you see today is a majestic curve of the river from a naturally managed river bank garden covered in wild flowers, shrubs and trees. Stroll down to the river meadow past the boat house and rockery; along the river wall to where there is a natural play area and benches for a riverside picnic.  

The old fisherman's hut provides a good place to see the daffodils
a slope of daffodils
The old fisherman's hut provides a good place to see the daffodils

The walled garden

First appearing on maps in the early nineteenth century Roger Parr spared no expense in the 1920's adding a glass house like Queen Victoria's complete with heating boiler which is still in place today. 

The garden fell into disrepair until Ned Price and his National Trust team set out to transform it in 2009. See the fruits of their labours with colourful flower borders and a rich variety of vegetables growing in season, which can be purchased at the kiosk.

The paths are flat in the walled garden
A path through the walled garden
The paths are flat in the walled garden

The Weir Garden is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife, so you never know what you might see. There is something for everyone in this unspoilt corner of the Wye valley.