Wimpole Park and Gardens

The Walled garden at Wimpole with herbaceous borders in front of the glasshouse

Come and explore the outdoors at Wimpole including pleasure grounds, walled garden, parterre and parkland. Bring your family, friends or dog and let your imagination run wild as you discover our estate.

Pleasure Grounds

In the 18th-century these grounds were where the family took evening strolls and enjoyed picnics. They contained many rare, exotic and unusual plants sourced from all over the world. These plants were discovered by plant hunters who were well travelled.
Why not wander down our Plant Hunter Path and discover our ever growing stumpery and secret laurel tunnel.
This area looks spectacular during June Bloom with the garden team having planted 180,000 summer flowering bulbs in the Pleasure Grounds.

Walled Garden

This 18th-century walled garden was constructed by William Eames and features Sir John Soane’s glasshouse. This is where we produce our young plants for the vegetable plots and plants for the parterre. Last year we delivered in excess of 450kg of produce to our restaurant. We're currently supplying cut flowers to the Hall too.
Explore Gardener's Cottage and find out about some of the history of the garden and it's owners and what the garden team get up to today.  Wander around the cottage garden with it's new borders planted in 2016.
Download our Walled Garden Challenge (PDF / 3.1MB) download


Our parterre garden is a reflection of past glories in the North Park. This area of garden was lost for a century and restored in the 1990s.
See the parterre in its full glory in the spring there is a colourful display of red and yellow tulips and during the summer 12,000 salvia and pelargonium plants make a vibrant and colourful sight, often best viewed from the Chancellor's Dressing Room on the first floor of the Hall.

Spring flowers

With tonnes of daffodils planted in the Pleasure Grounds the drifts of yellow really brighten the spirits, together with little fratilleries and delicate species tulip it is something not to miss in spring.

Greener gardening

For a greener way of gardening we generate tons of home-made compost, use solar panels to power machinery and harvest rainwater. We also use manure from our farm, peat-free compost and hand scythe in the orchards.


Originally a small deer park surrounded by open fields, Wimpole parkland has changed many times throughout its history. Different owners employed different landscape designers and gardeners, who each left their mark on the landscape

Woodland Belts

Cobbs Wood is an ancient woodland.  Named after Geoffrey Cobb, the Lord of the Manor of Wratsworth; there's now a lost village beneath Cobbs Wood itself.  All other woodland is a direct result of the landscapers.  It holds a surprising array of wildlife including eight species of bat.
We offer a wide range of rural courses and guided walks throughout the year. These include hedge laying and ferreting courses, bat, fungi and mammal walks.
Find a guided walk or rural skills course