Stowe Gardens
Stowe Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The scale, grandeur and beauty of Stowe has inspired writers, philosophers, artists, politicians and members of the public from the 18th century to the present day. Since the National Trust acquired the gardens in the late 1980s, an ambitious programme of restoration has ensured that over 40 temples and monuments remain, gracing an inspiring backdrop of lakes and valleys with an endless variety of walks and trails, a delightful visit, any time of year.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Rob SJ
    Great Shefford, United Kingdom166 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day out
    I went here today with the family but it was very busy but still found it still lovely to work around the park. The first thing we did was have some food at the cafe but unfortunately we found the menu to be limited in selection - it might be they ran out of choice. It was on the higher side of price that I would want to pay. Overall I would come here again the staff we friendly, plenty of parking and wonderfully maintained surroundings.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • bobbileeson
    Rugby, United Kingdom42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely, well kept, unspoiled
    Lovely place to visit, there was a lot to see and lovely walk around. Spent around 3 hours here. It’s very well kept, definitely suitable for prams, buggies and wheelchairs. Plenty of benches and seating around the walk.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Janis A
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large landscapes, secret places and waterfalls, statues and architectural features
    a range of vistas to see here, with large landscapes and also secret places and waterfalls. Geese with their goslings, swans and other water birds to see. lots of space and not too many people about, so a very relaxing morning. There is a lovely cafe producing fresh cream teas.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Peter J
    Hadleigh, United Kingdom159 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent repeat visit
    Whilst no large house to visit there are extensive grounds and ideal for either a good walk or a walk with a dog, dogs are very welcome so long as they are on a lead at all times. This was our 3rd visit in as many years and we have loved each trip. Walking conditions are straightforward, in fact we saw a number of wheelchairs on this recent visit. One thing visits should be aware of is that toilets are only available by the car park or entrance, about 1/4 mile apart, and none located in the parkland itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 August 2023
  • tom s
    Harrogate, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this place
    Loads of history great walks with lovely scenery. If your in the area this is a must for everyone. National trust membership is a must as without its its not cheap, and you won't see it all if you have mobility issues as it is a lot of walking.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Michael E
    Kettering, United Kingdom849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely and tranquil
    What a lovely place to visit. Despite it being school holidays and therefore lots of children, it was still very tranquil. You can just meander along lots of paths and come across some amazing structures. Gorgeous cake in the cafe and very clean toilets. You don’t have to be a National Trust member to get free entry. I also got it as an RHS member.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Bluesea
    London, United Kingdom35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but £££
    Ok, Stowe is a nice walk which is less of a garden and more of a series of temples and statues. We enjoyed the walk but have to say NT prices are OTT. £28 for two to walk around just the garden!! Worth £15 tops.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • The travelling butterfly
    Alcester, United Kingdom395 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to explore
    Lots to explore here! We visited with our 11 year old granddaughter and she really enjoyed it here. There are so many things to see as you walk around the grounds, the bridge is stunning. Toilets are as you enter or portaloos by the admission hut, there are no toilets once inside the gardens. You can find a little van selling drinks and ice creams within the gardens but other than that you’re at one with the surroundings. It’s a very long walk from parking up to entering the garden so not really suitable for some people. Our favourites were the Gothic House and the bridge.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • darkivy
    Northampton, United Kingdom37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful place
    Visited for the heritage open day with my 8 year old who is usually reluctant to walk anywhere. We both loved this place and she walked miles without complaint! Loads to see, the gothic temple is amazing. The church is open daily too. Toilets and drinks etc available on site. Will definitely come back.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • AlexTheJock
    Wigston, United Kingdom2,135 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning gardens - well worth a visit
    My wife and I, both of us in our late sixties, decided to visit this National Trust gardens after seeing photos that our friends had taken during their visit, and we weren’t disappointed. The gardens are extremely beautiful, and the amazingly warm and sunny October day made it even better to walk around and take in the stunning scenery. The ‘Standing With Giants’ installation is superb and really poignant at this time of year. The one thing that we quickly realised as soon as we stepped out of the car was that we weren’t very well dressed or kitted out for this National Trust attraction. Everyone else was in hiking gear with rucksacks, when we were dressed for a day out wandering around a small garden and house, which this is not. Oh how we wished that we had prepared better, and my advice is to dress in sturdy shoes, take waterproofs – no matter what the weatherman says, and have a rucksack with water and maybe some snacks as the paths are extensive and it involves more walking than we had considered. During the visit we also had a guided tour around the house, but this is not a National Trust property, so it cost us £7, but again is worth it as it just enhanced the day for us, in that the tour guide was knowledgeable and the history of the house is fascinating. The one negative point is the signage to the place. We travelled down from Leicester and as we got within three miles of the site I drove past a sign with just the National Trust emblem on it pointing to a road to the right, but my SatNav was telling me to carry straight on. I carried on the main road, but the SatNav then instructed me to turn right around another mile down the road, when there was absolutely no signs for the gardens. I duly turned right but after driving around another mile I decided to turn back to turn off at the sign I had seen further back, as I hadn’t seen any other signs on the road we were now taking. I drove back, but passed the turning as the emblem sign is only facing one way and the other side of the road does not have such a sign. We had to drive another half mile before we could turn back. We eventually arrived at the car park, but when we left later on in the day we realised that if we had followed the SatNav we would have gotten to the place a lot quicker, so the moral in the story is trust your SatNav and don’t go following one little sign in the middle of nowhere.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
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Jj L
Buckingham, UK10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful gardens but experience soured by extortionate prices - 2 scones, tea and a sandwich for the best part of £20! Nearly two quid for a small can of...(checks notes)...still water!!? The shop is equally "optimistic" with pricing - some of them actually made me laugh out loud.

I get that the food and merch goes towards the upkeep of the site and gardens but there is surely a middle ground where it doesn't feel like you're being robbed over a snack?
Written 4 March 2024
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Rob T
Windsor, UK137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You can spend so long here wandering round the gardens looking at the various follies set out in the grounds. One thing to note, however, is that there is only one place to get refreshments, which is right at the entrance/exit - so you may want to bring your own food if you are planning to spend the day here.
Written 24 February 2024
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marymary27
Scarborough, UK819 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We visited here particularly to see snowdrops, as Stowe was listed as a place to see them. However where we walked we only saw a few. We asked a staff member later where we could see the snowdrops, but it where they suggested was too far for my friend to walk. A buggy is available to take you to the entrance of the gardens, this was provided for us quickly in both directions and staff were helpful. The cafe is spacious and clean , some items seemed expensive for what they were - soup and roll was over £6. The gardens were interesting and scenic, especially around the lake, with water birds to be seen. The old inn was interesting. There is also a good second hand bookshop, well arranged with a lot of books.
Written 17 February 2024
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RJK-traveller
Warwick, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The grounds of Stowe are extensive and make a lovely place to walk, in our case with a dog, but equally without. There are so many follies and structures of interest as you walk round, as well as plenty of wildlife. The cafe/shop part way round is dog friendly, but also has outdoor seating if you prefer. The main cafe has ample outdoor seating too. Car parking is plentiful and even when it is busy, the parkland is so large that you don't feel as though there are too many people around.
Written 5 January 2024
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Dirtyknees H
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Thanks for looking after this historic place. We came as a family for a Boxing Day walk. The GM was driving the buggy and gave us a lift back. Thanks. Very end of our experience slightly marred by service at the cafe kiosk- young woman at till doing nothing, service very slow and we queued for 15 mins to find that all the hot food not available but still listed on the menu. Perhaps a sign to explain or just wiping chalk menu off would have helped. Thanks
Written 26 December 2023
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Gareth P
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Gardens and halloween activities were good, but the trip took a turn for the worst when staff went out of their way to be rude.
Written 3 November 2023
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AlexTheJock
Wigston, UK2,135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
My wife and I, both of us in our late sixties, decided to visit this National Trust gardens after seeing photos that our friends had taken during their visit, and we weren’t disappointed.

The gardens are extremely beautiful, and the amazingly warm and sunny October day made it even better to walk around and take in the stunning scenery. The ‘Standing With Giants’ installation is superb and really poignant at this time of year.

The one thing that we quickly realised as soon as we stepped out of the car was that we weren’t very well dressed or kitted out for this National Trust attraction. Everyone else was in hiking gear with rucksacks, when we were dressed for a day out wandering around a small garden and house, which this is not. Oh how we wished that we had prepared better, and my advice is to dress in sturdy shoes, take waterproofs – no matter what the weatherman says, and have a rucksack with water and maybe some snacks as the paths are extensive and it involves more walking than we had considered.

During the visit we also had a guided tour around the house, but this is not a National Trust property, so it cost us £7, but again is worth it as it just enhanced the day for us, in that the tour guide was knowledgeable and the history of the house is fascinating.

The one negative point is the signage to the place. We travelled down from Leicester and as we got within three miles of the site I drove past a sign with just the National Trust emblem on it pointing to a road to the right, but my SatNav was telling me to carry straight on. I carried on the main road, but the SatNav then instructed me to turn right around another mile down the road, when there was absolutely no signs for the gardens. I duly turned right but after driving around another mile I decided to turn back to turn off at the sign I had seen further back, as I hadn’t seen any other signs on the road we were now taking. I drove back, but passed the turning as the emblem sign is only facing one way and the other side of the road does not have such a sign. We had to drive another half mile before we could turn back. We eventually arrived at the car park, but when we left later on in the day we realised that if we had followed the SatNav we would have gotten to the place a lot quicker, so the moral in the story is trust your SatNav and don’t go following one little sign in the middle of nowhere.
Written 31 October 2023
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rarewords
Buckingham, UK15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
I joined the NT as I live near Stowe. It’s not worth £13 a visit. The toilets near the entrance to the gardens are portable and disgusting and that’s at just after 10am. Clearly not cleaned as they open at 10am. I have found NT toilets to not be that clean at other places.
Written 22 October 2023
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charlotte111111
83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Beautiful place. Lovely walk. Buggy Bus provided if it is too far. Definitely long walks and lots to see and explore.
The only downside for us were the staff we met except two (lady in book shop and lady driving buggy) were all rather grumpy and rude. Whether it was an off day but a smile and a welcome goes a long way !
Written 15 October 2023
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WorcesterWen
WORCESTER51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It is a very long walk from the car park to the ticket office. It is a very expensive walk unless you are an NT member! You need to use a provided map as the park is lacking in signage, it would be a good idea to mark each path with a direction sign. The views and walk are lovely but if you are expecting to see gardens you’ll be disappointed. As there are plenty of places to sit for a picnic I would take your own food because the cafe prices are way too expensive, nearly £28 for 2 coffees 2 teas and 4 portions of cake is ridiculous! The toilets are cleaner than some I’ve been in but you should note that these are near the car park so once you are in the park it’s a long way back to use the toilet!
Written 15 October 2023
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