The restoration of the Victorian Conservatory was completed in November 2013. Entry to the conservatory is included in Gardens Admission. The Conservatory is in the heart of the Gardens about 10 minutes walk from the main Visitor facilities.
Opening hours are a little shorter than the Gardens opening times, to allow visitors chance to come down from the conservatory to the visitor centre before closing.
The conservatory is in the Gardens so please come dressed for a Gardens visit. Paths can be muddy after heavy rain.
Conservatory Summer Hours:
Open daily (unless closed for a private function)
The Conservatory is sometimes closed for weddings – we will update the posts on this page regularly with the latest information. Please check the website for updates or ring on 01226 776040 before setting out.
Saturday 23rd Aug from 1.30pm (marquee)
Friday 29th Aug from 12noon
Saturday 30th Aug from 12 noon
Saturday 6th Sept from 1pm
Sunday 7th Sept from 2pm
Friday 12th Sept from 12 noon
Saturday 13th Sept from 1pm
Our grateful thanks go to the 100s of people who donated money as part of our sponsor a pane campaign. This allowed work to begin and for us to go on to raise the funding needed from the four major grant providers. Everyone who donated to the campaign is commemorated in two glass panels in the entrance lobby to the conservatory. Full dedications can be found in our book of dedications.
The Conservatory was constructed in 1885 by Crompton and Fawkes who described it as an ‘iron winter garden’ in their catalogue. It is a rare surviving Victorian glasshouse and in its day was at the forefront of technology, with electric lighting as early as 1886. It would have been used to display some of the many exotic plants, including orchids, palms and ferns collected by the family from around the world. It has been restored as a temperate glasshouse and now showcases plants from 5 continents.
There is lots for younger visitors to enjoy to as they discover more about the plant hunters and the many kinds of plants and animals that live in our Gardens.
For further information about the work of our principal funders, please follow the links below:
English Heritage, and