Stowe Landscape Gardens
Discover the unexpectedIn 1989 the largest and most celebrated landscape gardens in the world were handed to the National Trust. The gardens were overgrown, lakes silted up, temples and monuments crumbling …
A lengthy programme of restoration began which is now two-thirds underway. Today you can enjoy the unrivalled beauty of Stowe as its former splendour emerges.
Stowe is a breathtakingly beautiful creation of the 18th century, an idealised version of nature and one of the first and foremost of the great English landscape gardens. Hidden amongst spectacular views and vast open spaces there are pathways and secret corners waiting to be discovered. With the changing seasons, continuing restoration and a calendar of events for all the family each visit provides something new to see and do.
The recently restored Deer Park, part of the wider parkland surrounding the gardens, can be explored all year free of charge. Pick up a leaflet with recommended walks in the Deer Park from Visitor Reception.
Stowe House is home to Stowe School, maintained and opened to the public by the Stowe House Preservation Trust (not NT). For opening information please call 01280 818166 (info line) or 01280 818282/280 (Mon-Fri) or visit www.shpt.org/experience
A National Trust shop with an attractive range of gifts and souvenirs is open at the same time as the gardens.
Serving light lunches, teas and delicious home made cakes. Discover a garden full of mystery and hidden meanings - find out about the fascinating history of Stowe and the restoration project to recapture its former glory.
Enjoy a family picnic or a walk with the dog in glorious open spaces.
Explore over 40 monuments, temples, and magical secret corners.
Experience true peace and tranquillity - a spiritual retreat amongst ornamental lakes, wooded valleys and spectacular views.
Join a free guided walk - twice daily. More information at Visitor Reception.
Ramble through the historic Deer Park with free public access and delightful walks and trails.
Visit Stowe House, the magnificent home to Stowe School, opened to the public by the Stowe House Preservation Trust.
Completion of major restoration work to the Corinthian Arch.
Rediscovered 18th Century paths opened up around the Hermitage and Pebble Alcoves.
Recently completed work to The Central Pavilion, South Portico and Marble Saloon. Part of the ongoing restoration of the House.
Pictures taken by Laurence Webber and The National Trust.
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