St Paul's Walden Bury SG4 8BP
5 miles south of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, on B651
A celebrated Grade I listed landscape garden, laid out in the early 18th century, covering about 50 acres. Long avenues lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds. Childhood home of the Queen Mother. The garden features in Country Life, 25 March 2015
The house and garden can be visited by appointment, £15.00, Garden only £7.50. Please use the contact form on the left.
There is a licence for Civil Ceremonies, or similar events, in the house or in one of the temples in the garden. See links on the left.
Shakespeare in the garden, 1-4 July
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Another acclaimed production by the Ovo Theatre Company. Tickets £15, concessions £10
Picnic and Praise in the garden, Sunday 12 July 4pm-6.30pm Bring a picnic, join in Songs of Praise at 5.30
To St Pauls Walden Bury … to wander round one of England’s most romantic gardens. The oaks and ashes are joyfully green against an azure sky. Every plant is in improbable perfection; towering forest trees, magnolias in the infant innocence of pale flowers, rhododendrons of every hue, billowing white clouds of Siberian malus, ivory flowered dogwoods and wild service trees the size of oaks.
But this is a woodland garden disciplined by calm grass rides, arrow straight, turning your steps towards a statue, a pavilion, a grassy theatre overlooking a simple fountain. At one moment lilies distract you, at another the perfume of azaleas: all the spring garden pleasures are there, all the more intense for the calming effect of geometry and proportion, measured out in straight beech hedges. Hugh Johnson, Hortus journal, Tradescant’s Diary, 10 June 2013
The surrounding St Paul's Walden Bury Estate, with its arable and livestock farm and its ancient woodland, is a traditional country estate set in the heart of the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside