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Overview

The garden at Benington Lordship sits on an ancient fortified site which has been occupied since Saxon times. What you see today are the earthworks of a medieval motte and bailey castle and the ruins of a Norman keep, now a listed monument.

The gardens were initially laid out in the early 20th-century and surround the manor house, the core of which was built around 1700.

The magnificent neo-norman folly, comprising a gatehouse, summer house and adjoining curtain wall, was completed in 1838 by James Pulham of Broxbourne.

The west wing of the house was added in 1905 by the present owner's family with an Edwardian verandah which takes advantage of the glorious views over the park and surrounding farmland.

The garden is famous for its display of naturalised snowdrops around the moat and inner bailey. In spring, following the snowdrops, the garden is covered in swathes of scilla byzantica, daffodils, fritillaries and flowering shrubs and trees.

This is followed by the full summer glory of roses and the spectacular double herbaceous borders. In addition there are three spring fed pools which flow into two large ponds, one of which is managed as a wildlife haven. 

A walled kitchen garden is home to a small nursery and vegetable plots.


Opening
Opening

2019

6 February - 3 March

21 - 22 April

5 - 6 May and 26 - 27 May

29 - 30 June

Opening hours: 12pm to 4pm

Chilli festival 24-26 August, 10-5pm

Admission not free for members on National Garden Scheme Day (30 June) or the Chilli Festival (24 - 26 August)

Find Us
Find us

The garden is located four miles east of Stevenage in the village of Benington, next to the church. Tourist signs are posted off the A602 between Stevenage and Hertford and A507 between Buntingford and Baldock.

You can take the train to Stevenage, Watton at Stone or Hertford North and a taxi to the gardens.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free
Parking is limited and often on grass. Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free except during events.

£5 normal entry. 

£8.50 during Chilli Festival.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit outside of normal open times, by appointment only. Tea and coffee can be arranged. 

Please enquire using the form here.


A word from the owner

One of our visitors recently brought a tortoise to tea in our tea room. We welcome all kinds of guests at Benington Lordship and hope you enjoy your visit.

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