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Hergest Croft Gardens

Created by four generations of the Banks family, a unique collection of 5,000 rare plants, trees and shrubs.

Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3EG

Hergest Croft Gardens
Free for members
Facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

70 acre garden in the Welsh Marches, with spectacular views to the Black Mountains. Created over 120 years by four generations of the Banks family, Hergest Croft has more than 5,000 rare trees and shrubs, holds the National Collections of maples and birches as well as over 90 ‘champion trees’, plus an impressive collection of azaleas.

Maple Grove contains many new plants, introduced from all over the world, and in Park Wood a secluded valley with over 30 acres of giant rhododendrons and exotic trees creates a positively Himalayan scene.

Unusual vegetables are grown in the Kitchen Garden, alongside an avenue of ancient apple trees. More formal gardens, including roses, irises, herbaceous borders and a rockery surround the Arts & Crafts house (not open). A garden for all seasons, from spring blossom to spectacular autumn colour.

Whether you are a keen gardener in search of inspiration, a dedicated dendrologist, discerning botanist or just looking for somewhere green and peaceful for a stroll, visiting this unique and atmospheric garden is a truly memorable experience.

We also hold a variety of special days, courses and events – please see our website and social media for further details.

Opening Times

2023

Weekend opening from: Saturday, 4th March
Open daily from: Saturday, 1st April until Sunday, 29th October (11:30 to 17:00)

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free, including during Spring and Autumn Plant Fair.

Admission is £8.00 for adults, accompanied under-16s are free.

Dogs on leads are welcome.

Maples Tearoom serves delicious home cooked food, made from locally sourced ingredients: light lunches, cream teas, cakes and Kelsmor Dairies ice cream. Also really good coffee! Eat in at well spaced tables, or enjoy the view from the Terrace. Please phone Mell on 07970 595420 if you would like details of the current menu, or to order anything special.

The Plant Sales area lies outside the Conservatory at Hergest Croft. Rare and unusual trees, shrubs and perennials are available, many raised in the garden, some from wild seed. A wide range of birches and maples is usually offered.

The Gift Shop offers lots of lovely things, ranging from aprons and tea towels to honey and chutney, cards, soaps, bags and many other items.

Group Visits

Groups are very welcome but please pre-book!

Groups of 20 or more, £6.00 per person.

Groups of 20 or more, with a pre-booked guided tour of the gardens, £8.00 per person.

Phone 01544 230160 or email gardens@hergest.co.uk to book.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3EG

The gardens are on Ridgebourne Road in Kington.

Directions

From Kington Town Centre follow Church Road until it becomes Montfort Road at the junction with Hergest Road. Continue over the brow of the hill and turn immediately left into Ridgebourne Road.

From Floodgates, turn off the A44 (signed Kington/Huntington) onto Montfort Road. After approximately 400 metres turn right into Ridgebourne Road.

The car park for Hergest Croft Gardens is approximately 450 metres up Ridgebourne Road on the right hand side. If you have a blue badge or need to drop off someone with limited mobility then continue past the car park and take the first turning on the left.

Our postcode is HR5 3EG.
OS Grid Ref: SO 28534 56744
Lat/Lon: 52°12’15.38″N / 3° 2’47.40″W
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Nearest train stations are Hereford or Leominster
We are on the Offa’s Dyke Path

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