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Hill Close Gardens

The hidden hedged gardens of Warwick's Hill Close Gardens ...

are rare survivals of Victorian gardens once used by townsfolk living above their business to escape from the crowded town. Discover how owners came here after work or on Sundays to tend their plots or to relax.

Gardens in August


As the months change so do the Gardens. To help you plan a visit this month you can read beforehand what is of special interest in the Gardens at the moment. More>


Plant Nursery


The plant nursery is open every weekday throughout the year and when the Gardens are open at weekends from April to October.

To download the nursery stocklist More>

Please note: customers only wishing to buy plants but not to look round the gardens do not pay for admission.


Threatened Plants Project


A chance conversation at a Plant Heritage AGM has resulted in Hill Close Gardens becoming part of the largest ever cultivated plant conservation programme in the UK - the Threatened Plants Project. More>

Download the Hill Close Gardens Newsletter


Receive news, gardening tips and updates in the regular e-letter from Hill Close Gardens.

Download newsletter in PDF format

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Guide Book


Hill Close Gardens Guidebook

In 2009, the Historic Gardens Foundation awarded Hill Close Gardens the prize for the "Best Guidebook to Gardens in England and Wales". The guide book is on sale in the Visitor Centre.


Want to Know what's going on in the Gardens


You can find out what is of special interest in the Gardens at any time throughout the year by following the Gardens Supervisor on Twitter:

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and/or Hill Close Gardens on Facebook:

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Hill Close Gardens

"Hill Close Gardens - a must place to visit for any keen gardener - was again a pleasure"

Regional Heart of England in Bloom 2013
Roger Bache, judge
(Courier Sept 13, 2013)

The Social History
These gardens are a very rare example of Victorian detached leisure gardens which were originally located on the outskirts of many towns. More>

The Restoration
Local people worked tirelessly to save Hill Close Gardens from destruction and redevelopment. The massive clearance and restoration effort that followed has created a site of national importance. More>

The Gardens Today
Today the Gardens are beautifully restored and have become a significant historic and educational amenity for the local population. More>

Summer opening hours
April to October

Gardens -
every day, 11 am - 5 pm
Last entry to the Gardens, 4.3o pm
Café - Closed Mon - Fri
Open Sat, Sun, Bank Hol Mon, 11 am - 5 pm

Winter opening hours
November to March
Gardens -
Open Mon - Fri, 11 am - 4 pm
Last entry to the Gardens, 3.3o pm
Closed Sat - Sun
Café - Closed
If you are travelling some distance it is advisable to check that the gardens are not closed due to winter work or adverse conditions. Tel: 01926 493339


Hill Close Gardens Events 2015

  • Friday, 14 August, Head Gardener's Guided Tour
    2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge
  • Thursday, 27 August, Teddy Bear's Picnic
    2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, £4 per child, £1.50 per adult
  • Friday, 28 August, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
    2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge
  • Friday, 11 September, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
    2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge
  • Saturday - Sunday, 12-13 September, Heritage Weekend
    11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day, free entry for all
  • Saturday, 19 September, History of Hill Close Gardens: guided tour
    11.00 am to 12.00 noon, no extra charge for talk, normal entry charges to the Gardens.
  • Saturday - Sunday, 26-27 September, Aster Weekend
    11.00 am to 5.00 pm each day, normal entry charges. Saturday entry charges donated to the National Gardens Scheme
  • Wednesday, 14 October, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5 yrs
    9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £3 for first child in family, each additional child £1, under 1's free
  • Schools Programmes
    These programmes have been developed for children aged three to eleven years
  • Admission Charges
    Adults £3.50
    Children 5-16yrs £1, includes garden trail
    Children under 5 yrs free
    Members free
    All children must be accompanied by an adult.
    Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not allowed.

Apples at Hill Close Gardens


The collection of historic apples is one of the outstanding horticultural features at the Gardens. More>


Spring at Hill Close Gardens


In spring and early summer the fruit blossom and spring bulbs are at their best. More>


Summer at Hill Close Gardens


Summer is the time to see the prolific displays of flowers and buy produce grown by our gardeners. More>


Autumn at Hill Close Gardens


Early autumn is one of the best times to visit the gardens. See asters and chrysanthemums at their best. More>


Winter at Hill Close Gardens


Visiting the gardens in the winter is the best time to see the structure of the individual gardens.


Hill Close Gardens Orchard

The Gardens today have inherited a fascinating variety of fruit trees planted over the years by previous owners. They include pears and plums as well as apples. More>

Award-Winning Guidebook


Press Releases


Snowdrop Weekend (Sat 14th & Sun 15th Feb) is one of the most romantic times of the year at Hill Close Gardens, and provides a perfect setting for celebrating Valentine's Day....

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Job Opportunities


Hill Close Gardens Trust currently has no full-time or part-time paid vacancies available.

We are always looking for volunteers to help in the gardens and the Visitor Centre cafe, or to help with the education activities. More>


Introducing Hill Close Gardens

Lovely Summerhouses
Rest inside the little brick summer houses and
listen to birdsong

Talk to Gardeners
Talk to the gardeners who tend the plots

Wander along the old paths
Wander along the old paths and discover
16 individual plots

Discover unusual types of fruit and vegetables
Discover unusual types of fruit and vegetables
from Victorian times

Find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens
Find out how local people saved Hill Close Gardens
from destruction

Relax with tea and homemade cakes
Relax with tea and homemade cakes in our amazing
'green' Hill Close Centre