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Hill Close Gardens


Opening Times


Summer opening hours
and admission charges

Winter opening hours
and admission charges


Visitor Comments

Spirit of Christmas
1 December 2013
I would just like to say how much my family and I enjoyed the day. We have lived in Warwick all of our lives and have never before been to Hill Close but we will certainly be back soon.
The staff (volunteers) on Sunday were a credit to any organisation, they were helpful, informative, friendly and fun. They encouraged my 2 year old son to take part without being pushy and he loved every minute of it. He especially enjoyed the bell ringing and Santa (who was excellent). The entire event was professionally run and a pleasure to be part of."


Useful Links


Events at Hill Close Gardens

Summer 2014

From Saturday and Sunday, 5 - 6 April, Gardens and Café Open Each Weekend 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
From Saturday 5 April the Lammas room café in the Visitor Centre will be open to all our visitors each weekend until Sunday, 26 October. Entry tickets are purchased here and a variety of leaflets, including a map of the Gardens, are available too.

The Café serves refreshments including tea, filter coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, cake, teacakes, biscuits and other snacks. The gift shop is also located in the Lammas room with a great selection of gifts for both adults and children.

Tuesday, 5 August, Scarecrow Workshop
10.30 am to 12 noon, £4 per child, accompanying adult free

Don't forget to bring children's clothes to make your very own scarecrow.

To book your place please contact the Centre Manager tel: 01926 49333
or email:

Friday, 8 August, Head Gardener's Guided Tour
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge for talk. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.
Come and join the Head Gardener in an informal walk round Hill Close Gardens, which are under his professional care. The focus of the walk is on plants of seasonal interest as well as the new developments in both planting schemes and layout of the different individual gardens. The walks are tailored to match the interest of the participants with plenty of time for discussion and questions. Old varieties of vegetables are grown and are for sale when in season. The Gardens also have a valuable collection of more than 60 different varieties of apples and pears.

Saturday, 9 August and Sunday, 10 August, World War I Centenary Weekend: life on the home front for the people of Warwick and the families at Hill Close.
11.00 am to 5.00 pm Saturday and Sunday
. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.

Hill Close Remembers
Please come along and see our display on life on the home front in Warwick, including some local photographs. We aim to cover food and rationing, women and the women’s land army, life in Warwick and the role of children. There will be displays of some of old tools and machinery and the garden team have planted up beds on a commemorative theme.

Cafe open for light refreshments and drinks.

Wednesday, 20 August, Teddy Bears Picnic at Hill Close Gardens
2.00 pm to 5.00 pm, £4 per child aged 3 yrs and over, £1.50 per first two accompanying adults, and £3.50 for other adults.

No need to book for this event, just bring along a picnic and your favourite bear or cuddly toy and spend a fun-filled afternoon in our delightful gardens.

Activities for all ages including:
* Teddy Bear Parade
* Honeypot Hunt
* Visit to the Teddy Bear Doctor
* We're all going on a Bear Hunt Obstacle Course

Teddy Bear Competitions:
* Best dressed Gardener Teddy
* Teddy who looks most like its owner
* Most threadbare Teddy
* Biggest and smallest Teddy
* Cutest Teddy

Friday, 29 August, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge for talk. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.
On this special walk the apple tree collection in the gardens will be the main topic for discussion.

Wednesday, 10 September, Grow and Explore Outdoors: a session for children under 5, 9.30 am to 11.00 am, cost: £2.50 for first child in family, each additional child £1
Come to play and explore the Gardens. The activities will be both indoor and outdoor whatever the weather, so please dress appropriately! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Friday, 12 September, Apple Walk: Head Gardener's Guided Tour
2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, no extra charge for talk. Normal entry charges to the Gardens will apply.
On this special walk the apple tree collection in the gardens will be the main topic for discussion.

For other children's events and information about the children's trails more>

For a list of all the events this season more>

Group Visits
Groups of 10 and over can visit the gardens at any time throughout the year for guided tours. The charge is £8 a head to include entrance, a guide and tea and cake in the Centre (minimum charge £80). This is an opportunity to learn about the history and restoration of the gardens with their rich variety of Victorian fruit and flowers, the design and building of the sustainable Hill Close Centre. For further information contact the Centre Manager on tel 01926 493339 or email centremanager@

Apples, apples, apples.....

A display of unusual varieties of apples

Autumn and Apple Day always bring visitors to see the historic apple collection
Since 1856 apples, pears and plums were known to have been grown in the Gardens as well as soft fruit. Now there are more than 60 different varieties in the Gardens. By the 1990s, the trees were totally overgrown with swags of ivy and brambles. Noreen Jardine, assisted by Geoff Croft and many volunteers, started a programme of clearing and restoring these trees to bring them back to growth and fruit bearing.

The next task was to identify them and this was pursued with energy and persistence by Noreen and eventually most of the trees were named. There is one which has yet to be named. More varieties were planted in 2002 and subsequent years.

The season starts with the earliest dessert apple ‘Beauty of Bath’ 1864, followed by the small deep-red ‘Devonshire Quarrendon’ 1676. The early cookers include ‘Arthur Turner’ 1850 and there is the dual purpose ‘James Grieve’ 1893.
Some of the mid-season apples are ‘Queen’ 1858, ‘Newton Wonder’ 1870 and ‘Peasgood Nonsuch’ 1853, a very large dual purpose apple.  'Lord Derby’ 1862 and ‘Wyken Pippin’ 1703 are late in the season, which finishes with the russets ‘Golden Knob’ 1600s, which last well into the New Year.