Things to see and do at Westbury Court Garden

You can explore canals, admire clipped hedges and see 17th-century vegetable plots growing through the seasons. There's a dedicated picnic area over the bridge, so why not make some sandwiches, pack your rug and book your visit?

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.

Bring a picnic

There's a dedicated picnic area over the bridge, so why not make some sandwiches, pack your rug and book your visit? 

Wonders of Westbury and International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition

Celebrate the winners of the National Trust and IGPOTY's 'Wonders of Westbury' photography competition at this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition at Westbury from 26 August to 31 October. Find out more information about the 2021/22 International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition at Westbury. 

 

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.

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Trees and plants in Westbury Court Garden

 

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