We are delighted to announce that the Conservatory is now open to visitors. Entry to the conservatory is included in Gardens Admission. 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 Winter hours:
Weekends and School Holidays 10.30am-3.45pm
Made famous by the BBC’s Restoration programme in 2003, this beautiful iron glasshouse was in danger of being lost forever until it became the main focus of our restoration plans. In 2011, the Trust finally succeeded in raising the £3.74million needed to rescue the delicate structure and was able to work up the final plans for the restoration project.
Our grateful thanks 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 eaters and what kinds of plants and animals live in our Gardens.
For further information about the work of our principal funders, please follow the links below:
English Heritage, and