Things to see and do

Apples at Westbury Court Garden

Westbury Court Garden is one of the only surviving 17th-century Dutch water gardens in the UK. Visiting us feels like you have stepped back in time to a place of elegance and calm. Here you'll find straight canals reflecting the sky, clipped hedges, ornate garden buildings and old-fashioned orchards.

Trees and plants

Black poplar trees

We have the largest collection of black Poplars under the care of the National Trust. These trees were once valued for their fire-resistant wood.

Black Poplar trees at Westbury
Black Poplar trees at Westbury Court Garden
Black Poplar trees at Westbury

Old, rare, tall and fascinating trees

We are very proud that Westbury Court Garden looks after some of the oldest, rarest and tallest trees, not just in the National Trust’s care, but also in the whole country.

The holm oak at Westbury Court garden is probably the oldest in the UK
The holm oak at Westbury Court garden, probably the oldest in the UK
The holm oak at Westbury Court garden is probably the oldest in the UK

Apples and pears

Some of the fruit varieties date back as far as the Roman times and span through to the Edwardian era. All the plants are tagged with the name and age of the variety: see how many you can spot. Which is the oldest?

Apples at Westbury
An espaliered 'Court pendu plat' apple tree at Westbury Court Garden
Apples at Westbury

Medlars

An unusual fruit, which is now enjoying a revival. They can be found growing in the garden here. They’re picked ripe, when hard and green, but not eaten until they have rotted or ‘bletted’.

Medlar fruits in autumn
Medlar fruits in autumn
Medlar fruits in autumn

Bring a picnic

You can picnic wherever you like in the garden, so make some sandwiches, pack your rug and find a spot under the trees, on the lawn or cross the bridge over the stream into the picnic area.

Catch the Bore

If you time your visit to Westbury Court Garden right you can wander down to the river and watch the Severn Bore pass through.

View the Severn Bore timetable