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Explore the gardens at Anglesey Abbey

Silver birch trees in The Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire.
Silver birch trees in The Winter Walk at Anglesey Abbey | © National Trust Images/Rod Edwards

When it came to designing the garden at Anglesey Abbey, Lord Fairhaven wanted something to show his guests during every season of the year. Today, the garden still follows the same seasonal pattern.

A garden for all seasons

After purchasing the Anglesey Abbey estate unseen at auction in the 1920s, Lord Fairhaven began the process of transforming the garden into a spectacular seasonal display – something that still exists to this day.

Look out for the use of straight, tree-lined avenues with a sculpture at the end to draw your eye, or the use of circles and symmetry in the Formal Garden and Dahlia Garden.

When exploring the estate, look out for the array of statues – widely acknowledged as one of the finest collections of garden statuary in the country.

Visitors in the summer garden at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
There's so much to discover in Anglesey Abbey garden | © National Trust Images/Britainonview/David Levenson

Autumn highlights

Jubilee Avenue

The hornbeams which form Jubilee Avenue were planted in 1977 to mark the Silver Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth. Visit in autumn for a scenic walk bursting with vibrant russet tones.

Pilgrims' Lawn

The creation of Pilgrims' Lawn was the last area of the garden designed by Lord Fairhaven – sadly he did not live to see it in all its glory. Strong yellow and purple colouring predominates, particularly in autumn.

The Riverside Walk

The trees of either side of Quy Water provide a rich burst of colour. On still days you get perfect reflections in the water.

Temple Lawn

The magnificent Temple is set against a colourful amphitheatre of beech, alder & sycamores.

Delicate cyclamen

Drifts of delicate pink cyclamen carpet the understorey as you walk through the trees from the Winter Garden to Lode Mill - a sight not to be missed.

Winter Walks

Anglesey Abbey has 114 acres of landscaped gardens to explore, and a renowned sensory Winter Garden to discover. Stroll through the wider estate on the 3-mile circular walk which takes in woodland, striking tree-lined avenues and winding paths through the historic gardens. Your winter walk is completed with a visit to the Winter Garden, planted for its sensory qualities of scent, texture and bright colour throughout the colder months. Finishing in the iconic grove of ghostly silver birches, it’s not to be missed at this time of year.

Winter Garden

The long and narrow Winter Garden was specially designed with plants that are at their best during winter, when colour is in short supply elsewhere. Its position takes full advantage of the low winter sun, which picks out the details of the unusual plants along the way. Plants such as Tilia Cordata 'Winter Orange' and Red-barked Dogwood dazzle with orange and red.


The snowdrop collection here at Anglesey Abbey hosts over 400 individual varieties of snowdrop, with some found right here in our gardens and as such, are named after people and places with links to Anglesey Abbey.

Snowdrops: The Specialist Collection Tours

These ‘sell-out’ tours can now be pre-booked to ensure you can see unusual varieties close up, and hear the intriguing stories and characters behind them from our dedicated gardens staff and volunteers. Mon-Fri, 23 Jan-10 Feb and 20 Feb-24 Feb. Normal admission applies. Pre-booking essential. Snowdrops are weather dependent, so should they not be at their best during your visit, you will be offered a seasonal garden tour instead, showcasing the winter highlights within the gardens. Book your tickets here.

Please note that these tours are free, but we would gratefully receive a £5 donation which will then go towards the care of the Gardens at Anglesey Abbey.

Daffodils: The Specialist Tour

New for 2023, join one of our knowledgeable garden guides to find out more about the exciting collection of daffodils here at Anglesey Abbey.

With over 40 varieties to spot across the estate, uncover the subtle differences between them and a little bit about the history behind them. This tour will also take in other seasonal highlights along the way.

Dates: Daily at 1.30pm, 20-31 March and 17-21 April

Cost: free event (admission to Anglesey Abbey applies or free entry for National Trust members)

Booking: there's no need to book, ask a member of the Welcome Team to join a tour upon arrival

A family of three, one on a mobility scooter, passing the daffodils in the gardens of Beningbrough Hall, North Yorkshire
Enjoy a tour of the garden at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

The Spring Garden

As the name would suggest, our Spring Garden comes into its own in the spring months and features daffodils and hyacinths. The flowers in the garden are complemented by the avenues of Amelanchier lamarckii, more commonly known as June berry, Aesculus x neglecta 'Erythroblastus', a horse chestnut tree with shrimp-pink spring foliage.

The Formal Garden

In the spring, Lord Fairhaven's choice fluctuated between tulips and hyacinths, blue and white in colour. Planted in uniform rows 'Blue Star' and 'Carnegie' offer a striking blue and white display during the months of April into May. Once these displays are over, they are then removed to make way for a second wave of colour during the late summer and early autumn.

Rose Garden

Situated on what was once the site of dilapidated greenhouses and abandoned vegetable borders, the Rose Garden was one of Lord Fairhaven's first garden projects.

From early June through to October, it produces a vibrant display of 40 varieties of rose. Many of those can be found in our Plant Centre.

Herbaceous Border

Located next to the Dahlia Border, the Herbaceous Border was designed and planted in the 1950s by Major Vernon Daniell, a friend of Lord Fairhaven.

It is based around a broad semi-circle with a central area of grass, and enclosed by beech hedging, creating a room-like feel.

Wildflower meadows

Found to the west of Anglesey Abbey, the Wildflower Meadows cover approximately 25 acres and contain over 50 species of wildflower.

Throughout the summer, the meadows become a hive of activity populated by butterflies, small birds and numerous insects, including very important bees on the search for pollen and nectar.

Skylight Garden

Opened to the public in 2016, the Skylight Garden is located at the northern end of the East Lawn, and consists of an inner circle of 12 oak structures surrounded by hazel bushes; silver-leafed, pleached lime blocks, ornamental grasses and two triangle-shaped beds planted with lilac.

The garden was designed and created as part of a wider celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Lord Fairhaven's passing.

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