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Overview

Located on the outskirts of Harlow, The Gibberd Garden is an inspirational Grade II listed garden. Designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading Twentieth Century architect and Master Planner of Harlow. The garden comprises of formal lawns, streams and glades, a mature lime avenue, a wild garden with a tangle of paths, 90 artefacts and sculptures and a moated castle. The Gibberd Rooms contain Sir Frederick Gibberd's archive, Library and living area, set as it was during his lifetime.

The garden is full of sculptures and ‘decorative objects’, including ceramic pots and items of architectural salvage. It has lawns, streams and glades, a dramatic mature lime avenue, a wild garden, an arboretum and a moated castle.

Visitors on Sundays and on private tours may see part of Sir Frederick’s former home. The living room, dining room, library and archive is the basis of the Gibberd Rooms. The rooms have been restored to their original sixties look and all the furniture and fittings are authentic. There are many drawings, photographs and models on display which reflect the diversity of Sir Frederick’s talent.


Today
Today’s opening hours

2019

Beginning of April to the end of September: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm - 6pm, last entry at 5pm.

Gibberd Rooms: Sundays: 3pm - 4.30pm.

Opening
Opening

2019

Beginning of April to the end of September: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 2pm - 6pm, last entry at 5pm.

Gibberd Rooms: Sundays: 3pm - 4.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

Marsh Lane is a turning off Gilden Way, on the outskirts of Harlow on the B183 from Harlow to Sheering and Hatfield Heath.

The nearest station is HARLOW MILL on the Liverpool Street to Cambridge line. It is just over two miles walk if you head south through Old Harlow village and then east along the B153 on the south side of the new Gilden Way housing estate. As of Autumn 2018, this walk to the Garden is 3 sides of a square but we expect you will be able to use a more direct footpath route from the station when most of neighbouring estate building work is completed next year.

Bus service from Harlow Town: There is only one bus service along Gilden Way, the No.59 Harlow/Chelmsford route, which leaves the bus station in Harlow at 15 minutes past the hour, arriving at Marsh Lane approximately half past the hour. The walk from the Marsh lane bus stop to the Garden is approximately half a mile. The return service passes Marsh Lane at approximately 10 minutes to the hour, arriving back at the bus station at about 5 minutes past the hour.

There is no direct service from Harlow Town Railway Station to the Garden, but there is a frequent service from the train station to the bus station in the centre of Harlow

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit free.

  • Adults: £5
  • Concessions (over 60s, disabled, students): £4
  • Children, 5yrs - 16 yrs: £1
  • Under 5s: Free

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Things to See

Fun Facts

The Gibberd Garden is the former home of Sir Frederick Gibberd, a leading 20th Century architect and the Master Planner of Harlow New Town.

The Gibberd Garden is run entirely by volunteers who run the Shop, Tea Room and steward The Gibberd Rooms. There are two paid part time gardeners and, at any time, eight volunteer gardeners every Tuesday.


Walks

Visitors can purchase a Sculpture Map which will guide them through the 9 acre site.



Weddings

The garden is open to hosting weddings and provides a beautiful venue for your big day.