Tucked away at the bottom of a tranquil valley, just 15 minutes from Bath, a visit to the romantic, award-winning, Grade I listed Iford Manor Garden is like no other. Famed Edwardian landscape designer Harold Peto designed the unique, Italianate gardens when Iford Manor was his home, from 1899 to 1933. Drawing inspiration from his travels all around the world, the garden blends Italian, Byzantine, Ancient Roman and Oriental garden designs together with architecture and classical sculpture.
Over the past 50 years today's owners, the Cartwright-Hignett family, have lovingly restored the garden and continued to develop it, including finishing the Japanese Garden, extending the woodland walks and redesigning areas of the garden as they age - over 200 new trees were planted this spring, 100 years after Peto's original plantings. Our new Head Gardener; Steve Lannin (formerly Head Gardener at Mapperton Gardens) is working closely with the family to continue the gardens journey, ensuring it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Paths twist and turn around ancient statues, columns, terraces and architecture which, combined with ebullient planting schemes, draw you on in anticipation of the next delight. After each step a new view is revealed, allowing visitors to marvel at the clever nature and beauty of the design. Steeped in history and located on the last hill of the Cotswolds, with the Wiltshire/ Somerset border running through the garden itself, visitors often say a visit to Iford Manor Garden is like stepping into another, timeless world.
Regularly providing design inspiration to many, the garden often features in international publications and in film, most recently in The Secret Garden (2020). A visit to Iford Manor Gardens should leave you feeling refreshed, uplifted and inspired. Dogs are welcome.
A fantastic new cafe and restaurant; the Iford Manor Café & Kitchen, opened onsite in 2021. Serving lunches and afternoon teas, as well as tea, coffee, cakes and snacks (dogs and children welcome).
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|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||£7.50 per ticket|
|Concessions (students, over 60s)||£6.50 per ticket|
Groups welcome by appointment only. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on group rates during opening hours and out-of-hours visits.
|2022 (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)|
* To guarantee entry, please book online in advance
April to September: Weds – Suns (&BH Mon); 11am – 4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Dogs Accepted - on leads only
- Event Venue
- In countryside
- Max group size - 55
- Min group size - 10
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Car parking
- Parking (free)
Tours and Demonstrations
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
Map & Directions
From Bath: take A36 South for 7 miles; turn left at brown sign to “Iford Manor” and follow country lane for 1 mile. 6’ 6” width restriction. From Bradford-on-Avon: take B3109 for 1 mile towards Frome; turn Right at brown ‘flower’ sign to “Iford Manor”; continue for 1 mile through village of Westwood. After leaving the 20mph zone, take first left down a steep hill signposted to Iford Manor. 6’6” width restriction.
Coach directions are provided when booked.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest railway stations:
Avoncliff – 1.5mile steep walk to The Peto Gardens along quiet country roads and footpaths;
Freshford – 1.5mile walk to The Peto Gardens along quiet country roads and footpaths; or the 94 bus runs from Freshford to The Pastures, Westwood then 10 minute walk;
Bradford on Avon – 2.5miles; taxis available from station
94 bus runs from Bath to Trowbridge; stopping at The Pastures, Westwood, a 10 minute walk from The Peto Gardens.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2022
- Very Good50
- 45lisbMagical and very beautifulWednesday, 29th June 2022What a wonderful afternoon 56 of us had at Iford - a lovely welcome then a magical tour of the private gardens, so beautifully narrated by William Cartwright-Hignett, the Estate Manager and son of... Read full review
- philipbD7286FBFabulous place, fabulous staffSaturday, 2nd July 2022A beautiful location and a lovely cafe. Had the most delicious falafel sausage roll and the pot of tea was excellent. Great staff, very friendly and efficient, but must mention Ali, who made our... Read full review
- MarcusHurleyBristol, United KingdomFantastic gardensMonday, 11th July 2022I'd forgotten how good the gardens are at Iford and yesterdays visit was a most welcome reminder. The final part of the drive is down a single track lane but the gardens are well sign posted and... Read full review
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021