The Gardens of Hoghton Tower
Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of our gardens for two hours away from the world
Follow the winding escarpment lined with giant beech trees, ancient moss-covered walls and spring snowdrops and daffodils along the north side of the Tower. Look right to find the stonemason’s name concealed in the randomly-sized stones. As you pass through the ancient doorway, notice the oak trees planted by royalty on either side of you. Discover now three separate, very different walled gardens as narrow openings lead from one to another, almost as if you are walking into different open-air rooms.
Book our garden admission tickets here
- A garden ticket allows you and your group to use the garden for two hours. For safety there are no benches this year but feel free to sit on the grass in the wilderness garden or bring your own seating for your time with us.
- Please stick to your allocated time.
- Please observe all site rules including no smoking, no ball games, no picnics, no barbeques, no dogs (unless assistance dogs), no cycling. Please do not litter.
- Please always maintain government recommended social distance
- Please visit in small groups
- Children and vulnerable adults to be supervised at all times
- Please use the hand sanitizer provided around the site
- There are no toilets near the gardens but there are toilets at the main entrance
- A garden ticket does not allow you to join an outside tour or a house tour
- No exchanges or refunds will be offered. Transfers to another date will only be possible by calling the office ahead of your date of visit
- Admission tickets purchased online must be used during the 2020 season.
- Unauthorised duplication of any ticket may prevent your admittance to the event.
- Under the NHS Track and Trace scheme, we will keep your booking data for 21 days for public health monitoring purposes only. This data will not be used for any other purpose.
The Wilderness Garden, with its large lawn, herbaceous borders and topiary is the first garden you will encounter. Spot the romantic Dorothy Steps leading to the East Wing and take in the view over the parapet walls to the ancient woodland.
Through another narrow doorway and you are in the Rose Garden, the most formal and intimate of the three with its abundance of colourful roses, formal flowerbeds, terracotta vases and lines of clipped yews.
An ancient wooden doorway leads you on to the striking Ramparts Garden. Looking over the castellation, the horizon opens to a vast view of the gentle rolling countryside and towards the distant shimmer of the Irish Sea.
Whilst maintaining the original shapes and forms of the gardens, a little new surprise of species, colour or variety will welcome the visitor each year.
The Tower’s grounds and gardens offer a different burst of colour throughout the seasons. The trees put on an amazing display in the autumn, while snowdrops, bluebells and daffodils announce the spring. The spectacular displays of the rhododendrons, often fragrant, are not to be missed.
Come and wander in complete peace and tranquillity, settle down with a good book and relax for the afternoon, sit and reflect whilst listening to the birdsong or (if you’re young or young at heart) play knights and dragons along the ramparts!
View our full gallery of the Hoghton Tower gardens here.