Galleries, Gardens & Exhibitions
Compton Verney is home to six diverse collections
of nationally and internationally significant art from around the world, including British
Folk Art, Chinese bronzes, British Portraits and works from Northern Europe and Naples. You can
also find objects of inspiration and original textile designs by Enid Marx in our Marx-Lambert Collection.
The gallery is set within 120 acres of Grade II listed classical parkland,
landscaped by 'Capability' Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the
eighteenth-century. Today the grounds still reflect his 'pleasure grounds' of sweeping
grassland, ornamental lake and Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous. On the walk from the car park you can
enjoy Brown's footpaths through the woodland, stopping off to admire the viewpoints
he created, which today make great photo opportunities
Click Here to read about the new exhibitions for 2015
GARDENS, MORETON IN MARSH
Knowing nothing about gardening the Dares set about creating one of the most interesting gardens
in the Cotswolds. It is personal, witty, surprising and of course, beautiful as well
as horticulturally excellent. Features of this 1Ha (2 1/2 acres) garden include
a misty grotto, a bog garden and stream. There are plenty of seats from which to enjoy the mill
pond and its trout, kingfisher and ducks. It is an exercise in making the most of a difficult and steep sided
site. It is also an exercise in creating something beautiful in which to meditate and
to nourish the senses.
How to define it? An English country garden? Yes,
but with fun and surprises: There is the relaxed and tranquil mill pond and grotto, then
there are the hidden signs suggesting you go to Stoke on Trent (in the nicest possible way!) and a Fruit Garden
with wonderful views over the hills but with gooseberry bushes under which were found
the family grandchildren!! The herb potager has plants with medicinal, culinary and
pot pourri uses but also aphrodisiacs
MANOR GARDENS, NATIONAL TRUST
Hidcote Manor Garden is one of England’s great gardens and is famous
for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the
The 300 acre estate, comprising farmland, the Manor and
the hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim, was purchased in 1907 by Gertrude Winthrop, an American
widow and her son Major Lawrence Johnston.
Johnston began to create the garden from a ten acre
field containing just a few trees. He divided the garden into a series of outdoor
‘rooms’ using hedges and walls. Each room was designed to have its
own special and unique character.
One of England’s great
Arts and Crafts gardens, famous for its rare trees and shrubs, herbaceous borders and unusual plants from all over the
world. The garden is divided by tall hedges and walls to create a series of ‘rooms’
CLOSE GARDENS , WARWICK
From April 4th - 6th, in tribute to the Victorian heritage of the gardens, visitors to Hill Close Gardens can enjoy a special Victorian Easter.
The cafe will be transformed into
a Victorian tearoom with staff in Victorian costume, and themed displays in the cafe
and around the summerhouses will bring to life the way Victorians celebrated Easter:
Floriography (the language of flowers), the emergence of Easter eggs and Easter cards, and the tradition of Simnel Cake.
Easter Sunday, children are invited to join in the annual Hill Close Easter Egg hunt
and Easter bonnet parade (4pm), which will be free to any child who attended a
special Easter workshop on April 2nd and brings their handmade bonnet/basket.
are served in the cafe overlooking the gardens, and there is a large greenhouse and plant sales area.
HALL, PARK & GARDENS
The magnificent Ragley Hall, at the heart of the Ragley Estate, dates back to 1680 and is open
to the public on select dates throughout the year for guided tours of the impressive state rooms which can also be hired exclusively
for your dream wedding ceremony and reception.
Memorable, versatile and located in one of the Midland’s most beautiful
counties, Ragley Hall is also the perfect venue for corporate and outdoor events.
If a fun family day out is what you’re
looking for then Ragley Park really does have something for everyone! Children of all ages will be entertained for hours within
our Adventure Wood and 3D maze and with boating on Ragley Lake, an 'Artist in Residence', pony rides and a Woodland
Walk; it’s easy to see why Ragley is one of Warwickshire’s most popular family days out.
if gardens are your passion then you just have to explore Ragley Gardens. The 10 hectares of ‘Capability’ Brown
gardens surrounding Ragley Hall are diverse and display a spectacular array of snowdrops in the winter, tulips and daffodils
in the spring and a Rose Garden and Prairie Garden throughout the summer months.
Also look out for the Sculpture Collection
which further enhance the Ragley landscape and include sculptures of the Hertford children and even one of a family dog
COURT - NATIONAL TRUST
This National Trust property is set in the Warwickshire countryside, Coughton
Court is a house full of secrets and intrigue.
Coughton has been home to the Throckmorton family for
600 years, this finest of Tudor houses stands testament to a family’s courage in maintaining their beliefs. From a position
of high favour to one of fear and oppression post-Reformation, the Throckmorton’s were leaders in a dangerous age, helping
to bring about Catholic emancipation in the 19th century.
Explore this story of fascinating personalities
through the ‘family album’ of portraits and Catholic treasures around the house. Coughton is still very much a
family home with an intimate feel: the Throckmorton family live here, managing the stunning gardens which they have created.
Learn all about the fascinating stories in the house, find your own quiet corner in the family gardens or
join us at one of our many events taking place throughout the year
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