Everything you need to know about your visit to The Weir Garden

An Adonis blue butterfly

At The Weir Garden we aim to provide a safe environment for our visitors to experience our beautiful garden. Find out everything you need to know before visiting.

 

Introduction

If you’ve visited The Weir garden previously then things might be a little different when you visit as we’ve changed things around a little to help staff, volunteers and the general public stay safe.

You no longer need to pre-book tickets to visit The Weir Garden. When you arrive, as you park-up you’ll notice a small welcome hut near the gardens entrance, please head here first so we can check you in. Remember to have your membership card to hand if you are a National Trust member. 

The Weir Garden is situated on a steep bank which drops down to the River Wye. The walled garden is a short walk from the riverside garden and access is across a grassy track. The walled garden itself is on a slight slope with gravelled pathways. Please bear in mind The Weir is a small garden with very limited access although we will do our utmost to accommodate all visitors. 

The broad curve of the river Wye
The Weir garden river banks
The broad curve of the river Wye

You can download a map of the garden onto your phone by using the QR code on the poster displayed on the Visitor Reception hut. To view a current map of the garden with all safety information before you visit simply click on the ‘view map’ tab on the homepage.

Our policy on dogs

Regrettably, apart from guidance dogs, we do not admit entrance for dogs into The Weir Garden. This tough decision came after a thorough check of the grounds and a conclusion of the tight winding pathways so close to the river and many steep steps may prove difficult for visitors who are afraid of dogs as well as wanting to make the garden a safe place for smaller children.

Alternatively there are other dog-friendly National Trust places in Herefordshire; Croft Castle, Berrington Hall and Brockhampton. These places allow dogs in their grounds but we suggest you check their dog-walking policies before you visit.

WCs

  • There is just the one toilet block on site, this includes an all-access toilet. 
  • The all access toilet has a support bar either side. There is also a baby changing area in here but no hoist.
  • The toilet block is lit with automatic lights which switch on when the door is opened. They also receive a good amount of natural light too.
  • All WCs on site have automatic handryers. 
The gardens border the picturesque river Wye
The broad curve of the river Wye
The gardens border the picturesque river Wye

The toilet facilitiesare cleaned and checked several times throughout the day but please do remember to sanitise your hands before and after use, you can find sanitiser in each WC.

Thistle flowers add bursts of pink
Thistle flowers up close
Thistle flowers add bursts of pink

As you exit the garden through the gateway on the right of the Welcome Kiosk you can head across the car park to the walled garden.

 

The garden

  • The route aroudn the garden is rather steep and tree roots naturally protrude through the pathways.
  • There are steep drops throughout the garden; please make sure children are supervised at all times. 
  • The pathways are mostly hard earth and stone.
  • The walled garden is on a slope, making wheelchair access a little difficult.
  • We advise all visitors to wear suitable footwear whilst walking the garden, walking boots or trainers would be ideal.
Follow meandering paths around the springtime garden
A path through the rockery in spring
Follow meandering paths around the springtime garden

Although things are a little different at the moment, the garden still has its usual flora and fauna, why not come along and reconnect with nature during these difficult times? We can’t wait to welcome you back.