The garden at Sheffield Park and Garden
The garden is a horticultural work of art, formed through centuries of landscape design, with influences of ‘Capability’ Brown and Humphry Repton. Four lakes form its heart, with paths circulating through the glades and wooded areas surrounding them. Each owner has left their impression, which can still be seen today.
Water has always been a key element of the landscape at Sheffield Park and the lakes have become an iconic feature, which is much photographed and enjoyed by everyone who visits. Their hand-dug, clay-lined construction creates dramatic reflections of the carefully planned planting that surrounds them.
Trees and shrubs
The vast collection of trees and large shrubs are planted to create vistas that enhance the feeling of scale and grandeur of the property. The garden has received a Grade I listing and holds the National Collection of Ghent Azaleas.
The garden boasts 14,500 trees and includes over 80 Champion trees, such as an original tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) ‘Sheffield Park’ planted by Arthur Soames that was discovered by former head gardener, Archie Skinner.
It was awarded its champion status for girth and height and differs from others of the genus in that it colours 10 days earlier with particular intensity.
The oldest recorded living tree in the garden is an English oak (Quercus robur), dated to 1485. Make sure you walk down Big Tree Walk to see the giants of the garden, including the Giant Redwood.
The Pulham Falls, which connect Ten Foot Pond and Middle Lake, were commissioned by the 3rd Earl of Sheffield and installed between 1882 and 1885 by Pulham and Son.
We turn the falls on between 12pm and 1pm every Tuesday and Friday – a spectacular sight to take in during your visit.
Delve deeper into Sheffield Park’s history and horticulture on a free Garden Tour. Join one of our volunteer guides as they bring the gardens to life. Most Thursday plus other days in the week subject to volunteer availability - please do check before travelling.
The natural beauty of Sheffield Park and Garden is a welcome tonic for the hustle and bustle of the festive season. This winter, why not head out on a crisp walk around the garden followed by a warming lunch and a spot of Christmas shopping.
Or embrace the festive season with Christmas activities for all the family from our Christmas with Mouse and Mole to carol singing in Oak Hall.
Having been left undisturbed for years, this historic woodland is a hidden delight of peace and tranquillity.
Local artist Keith Petit was commissioned to produce a series of sculptures in the woods. His use of natural materials and forms add some surprising interventions and help tell the story of the woodland.
- Access to Walk Wood is from Flint Road and Big Tree Walk.
- As it's off the beaten track, sturdy footwear is recommended, and it may not be suitable for buggies and pushchairs.
- Dogs are welcome, apart from before 1pm on Saturday mornings, but please keep them on a lead.
Flora and fauna
Walk Wood has a mosaic of different habitats: conifer woods, broadleaf woods, coppice hornbeam, open rides and glades, all of which are vital for wildlife.
The rides and paths that have been created in the woods are the perfect habitat to see many species of insects such as bees, hoverflies and butterflies, including the speckled wood, silver washed fritillary and the white admiral. Walk Wood is also a paradise for fungi spotters, but we kindly request that visitors don't pick or touch fungi.
Lots of birds also make Walk Wood their home, from buzzards that drift overhead to owls that fly low through the woods to catch their prey.
Greater spotted woodpeckers can be heard drumming their way into trees in search of food, and chiffchaffs, treecreepers and goldcrests can be seen and heard across the woods. We’ve also been lucky enough to see crossbills feeding.
Fill a day with adventure
The garden is teeming with opportunities to let children’s imagination run wild and explore nature’s outdoor playground.
Seasonal trails and activities provide a chance to take part in something new, or you can try ticking off your '50 things to do before you’re 11¾' list by flying a kite, playing in a stream, or building a den.
Take a look at our visiting Sheffield Park and Garden with families page for more ideas.
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Sheffield Park is a two pawprint rated place. We love dogs at Sheffield Park, find out more about where and when you can walk on and off the lead and our dog-friendly facilities.
Browse in the shop and plant sales area, or stop by one of the indoor and takeaway eateries for a well-deserved rest, when you visit Sheffield Park and Garden.
Explore over 250 acres of wide-open spaces and dramatic skies at Sheffield Park and Garden. Look out for butterflies, buzzards or skylarks and the historic remains of its past.
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