- Accessible loos
- Accessible parking
- Mostly wheelchair accessible
- Pet friendly
- Picnic area
St Paul’s Walden Bury is a notable landscape garden, laid out in the early 18th-century, covering about 50 acres.
This is the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Long avenues lead to temples, statues, lake and ponds. Flower gardens bloom in spring and summer, with beautiful displays of magnolias, rhododendrons, irises, lilies. Wild flowers are encouraged, especially cowslips, bluebells, spotted orchids.
The surrounding 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.
The front of the house dates from 1720, notable for its charming architecture. There is also a substantial Victorian addition. Inside the beautiful Green Drawing Room and Red Drawing Room are decorated with very fine plasterwork.
The house and garden can be visited by appointment and the house and gardens are available for hire.
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.
Guided tour of the house and visit to the garden: £15
Visit to garden only: £7.50, children free (up to 2 per adult)
HHA members should contact us by email to arrange free visit
Pre booked group tour of the garden includes a talk on landscape design as reflected in this garden, and information on seasonal flowers.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss pre-arranged group visits
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 8BP
30 miles north of London, 5 miles south of Hitchin, on B651, near Whitwell village.
By public transport, take the train to Hitchin, then 304 bus towards St Albans. Or train to St Albans then 304 bus towards Hitchin. Alight at Whitwell or St Paul’s Walden.
The Bowes Lyon family
The Bowes Lyon family live in the house and Simon does much of the gardening. Fergus runs the estate. The beautiful state rooms at the front of the house are used for concerts and weddings.
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