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RHS Garden Hyde Hall

RHS Garden Hyde Hall- an inspirational hilltop garden.

Nestled in the heart of rural Essex, Hyde Hall is an oasis of peace and tranquillity providing somewhere to watch the changing seasons and get closer to nature.

Open every day from 10am (except Christmas Day), the garden offers a safe clean environment for children and adults alike.

The garden boasts an eclectic range of inspirational horticultural styles from traditional to modern, providing year round interest and colour, so whatever time of year you visit there's also something to see and do.

It's a perfect location for walking, rambling, bird watching, photography, kite flying or simply somewhere to relax and gather ideas and inspiration for your own garden, patio or window box.

Highlights of the Garden

  • Dry Garden - showcases a range of drought tolerant plants that will thrive in areas of low rainfall.
  • Robinson Garden - named after Hyde Hall's original owners - Helen & Dick Robinson. The concept for the Robinson Garden was to create a plant lovers garden with many detailed and unusual species
  • Australian and New Zealand Garden - The area was designed around existing Eucalyptus trees and has a contemporary feel, accentuated by a raised circular area with modern styled oak seating.
  • Hilltop Garden - The eight-acre Hilltop Garden is one of the original areas of Hyde Hall and contains numerous features such as a colour-themed herbaceous border, two ponds, rose garden, gold garden, farmhouse garden, shrub rose border, woodland garden and several island beds.
  • Queen Mother's Garden - has an informal, relaxed style throughout, with meandering paths and an eclectic mix of grasses, perennials and roses.
  • Clover Hill - profoundly naturalistic, with vast swathes of grasses and perennials flowing down the hill.
  • The Estate - comprising of developing woodland, hedgerows, bee hives, meadows and pasture.
  • Viburnum - Hyde Hall holds a national plant collection of Viburnum.

New Facilities

We now have a purpose built Visitor Centre housing a cafe, gift shop, plant centre and garden admissions area. Open daily from 9.30am 9except Christmas Day) the visitor centre is open to members of the public as well as visitors to the garden.

Food and Refreshments

In the light, airy and spacious Field Café you will find speciality teas and coffees and a sumptuous range of cakes. For those wanting something a little more substantial, you could try a jacket potato or bowl of soup while you sit and admire the views up to Hyde Hall's hilltop garden.

We also have a fully licenced restaurant, The Barn, where you will find a range of hot and cold made on the premises using locally sourced produce where possible.

The Plant Centre and Gift Shop

The new shop carries an extensive range of luxurious and premium brands - which includes for the first time at Hyde Hall - garden tools, bulbs and seeds.

You can then spoil yourself browsing through the extensive collection of books and cards, choose fine foods and indulgent toiletries or maybe pick up some new china and kitchen accessories.

Out in the plant centre there are lots of traditional favourites such as roses, clematis, herbs and herbaceous plants along with a good seasonal selection to give your garden colour and interest.

You can rest assured that you will receive sound horticultural advice and quality plants whenever you visit.

Access & Facilities

  • Free car park and picnic area
  • Shop, plant centre and licensed restaurant
  • Garden library and information centre
  • Special events programme and garden trails
  • Accessible toilets and baby care facilities
  • Wheelchairs available for loan (please note that access may be limited in winter months)

Sorry, but we only accept disability assistance dogs in the garden, estate and car park.

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Postcode for Sat Nav: CM3 8RA.

Hyde Hall is conveniently located just 20 minutes from Chelmsford and is signed from the A130 (southbound).

Leave the M25 at junction 29 for A127 (signed Southend). From the A127 exit onto the A132 (signed Wickford/South Woodham Ferrers).

Or leave the A12 at junction 17, then at the roundabout take the second exit for the A130 (signed Southend/Basildon)

From the A130 Rettendon Turnpike roundabout follow the tourist attraction flower symbols towards South Woodham Ferrers on the A132. At the Shaw Farm roundabout turn left into Willow Grove/Creephedge Lane.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall Postcode for SatNav: CM3 8ET


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