Upton Castle Gardens
Upton Castle Gardens
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Upton Castle is a picturesque Norman Castle that remains a private family home. The RHS partner garden and Sculpture trail consists of 35 acres of tranquil listed historic gardens, surrounded by ancient woodland. Currently hosting an Exhibition of Sculptures and paintings by internationally renowned artists with connections to Pembrokeshire. There are spectacular herbaceous borders, a delightful formal rose garden, and a fascinating, traditional 18th century walled garden. Rare trees and shrubs abound throughout the gardens and include a stunning collection of rhododendrons, tree Magnolias and Camellias. The medieval chapel contains ornately carved stone tombs of crusader knights. Enjoy woodland walks bursting with wildflowers leading to the shores of Upton Creek, part of the tidal Cleddau estuary. There are plenty of places along the paths to sit and soak up the tranquillity of the unique surroundings and enjoy a picnic or visit the cafe.
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  • hettie110
    Winchester, United Kingdom20 contributions
    Slightly disappointing.
    Unfortunately I was disappointed. I felt that after paying £6 each to visit (we were a party of 3) there was very little to see. One of the main paths was shut for repair, which left you walking up and back the same path. The Chapel may have been lovely, but there was a Service going on at the time and we couldn't walk around it. Being Spring, there were Rhododendrons and Camellias out, but there were very few spring bulbs to look at. I did actually complain and I was offered a full refund, of which I took half my money back. It is a shame as this place has much potential.
    Many of the spring bulbs are now in flower lining the paths and in the borders, you were just a little too early to see them in bloom. The walk on the wild side path is now open after some bridges have been mended and made safe for visitors. All comers are welcome to join the services that take place in the Chapel and enter at any time. We are slightly disappointed that after having been offered a full refund you have chosen to write a negative review.
    Written 14 April 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 9 April 2023
  • chrismidlands2018
    Birmingham, United Kingdom29 contributions
    Upton Castle a good find
    If you like or have a passion for plants or a green environment this place is an excellent visit. What makes it remarkable is that the people running it are doing it on a pretty much volunteer basis, we had a lovely chat to the man who gave us quite an in depth history of the place and him and his daughter work like heroes to keep it going. There were two lovely dogs who we made friends with, some outstanding sculptures to see and fantastic walled gardens, they also have sheep and horses. The daughter runs a cafe in an old airstream caravan which serves delicious food too. We chose scones and lemon drizzle cake but there were a selection of very fresh lunches on offer. There was a wonderful woodland walk through to the estuary. It would be fantastic if these guys could find some investment to support their endeavours as this would change the place from good to great. Their efforts deserve 10 out of 10 and with a little help it would be out of this world. All in all well worth a visit for couples, families and groups. Thank you Upton castle.
    Thank you for your encouraging comments and I very much hope you will come and see us again as we work towards restoring more of this beautiful place that we love so much. We are always delighted when people recognise the hard work we put in and the potential. Many thanks
    Written 17 July 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • 513NeilB
    Swansea, United Kingdom26 contributions
    Nice gardens & sculpture trail but rude woman spoilt our visit - catering has room for improvement too.
    We visited as a group from our gardening society. As we walked up the drive to the Castle (subsequently realised someone had been standing in front of the sign directing us to the correct route), we got a real telling off by a lady who was working in the gardens. She bahaved as if she owned the place, which she probably did. We endeavoured to apologise for our error, but her high handed attitude and condescending looks put a dampner on what was otherwise a nice visit. Overpriced, poor quality food and slow service fron the under resourced catering team was also disappointing. However, the people serving in the catering van were lovely - very apolgetic and obviously embarassed at not being able to provide a better service. Our initial experience was one of being made unwelcome and ripped off. Having said that, the gardens and sculpture trail were lovely and enjoyable. A few lessons in customer service, and treating paying customers with some respect would have made it a muh better experience. I would not return in a hurry and certainly would not recommend it to the many garden clubs and societies that I am involved with.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 August 2023
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Carol P
22 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
The gardens are stunning and the whole place is beautiful and so well maintained. The sculpture trail was fabulous - highly recommended
Written 11 September 2023
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LollypopG
7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
Absolutely lovely, loved walking around the gardens . The Sculpture trail was stunning. Had some food and drink, can recommend, home cooked and sourced from the gardens a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon
Written 8 September 2023
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513NeilB
Swansea, UK26 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
We visited as a group from our gardening society. As we walked up the drive to the Castle (subsequently realised someone had been standing in front of the sign directing us to the correct route), we got a real telling off by a lady who was working in the gardens. She bahaved as if she owned the place, which she probably did. We endeavoured to apologise for our error, but her high handed attitude and condescending looks put a dampner on what was otherwise a nice visit. Overpriced, poor quality food and slow service fron the under resourced catering team was also disappointing. However, the people serving in the catering van were lovely - very apolgetic and obviously embarassed at not being able to provide a better service. Our initial experience was one of being made unwelcome and ripped off.

Having said that, the gardens and sculpture trail were lovely and enjoyable. A few lessons in customer service, and treating paying customers with some respect would have made it a muh better experience. I would not return in a hurry and certainly would not recommend it to the many garden clubs and societies that I am involved with.
Written 31 August 2023
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rachy_a_jones
Cambridge, UK5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
We loved the sculpture trail! The cafe was delicious and the walled gardens are being brought back to life. A fab dog friendly morning out and for £6 very good value.
Written 30 August 2023
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fruitloopster23
Narberth, UK21 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
I’ve known about Upton Gardens for a while but the Summer Sculpture trail was what finally drew me in today.

A really pleasant way to spend an afternoon. I don’t think I explored everything the grounds had to offer as I stuck to the sculpture trail.

It was clearly a lot busier than the owners had expected with the overflow parking overflowing but it never felt crowded, quite the opposite.

Some really beautiful sculptures on display and glad I didn’t miss it.

The cafe was really busy; not surprising as the food looked fabulous; would recommend the lemon polenta cake.

It’s dog friendly (on lead) with water bowls available near the cafe, dog poo bins dotted about and poo bags on sale at the ticket office they felt welcomed rather than just tolerated.
Written 28 August 2023
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Alyson T
Tredegar, UK1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful gardens, lovely woodland walk, loved the sculptures. The exhibition ends on 31 August so don’t miss it.
Written 28 August 2023
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Nigel S
8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful environment. Sculptures are fantastic and the perfume in the rose garden was gorgeous. Second time we have visited and will definitely be back
Written 27 August 2023
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Carys
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Solo
Gorgeous grounds, exceptionally lovely cafe staff and delicious home baked food! Would highly recommend.
Written 27 August 2023
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Jude
Milford Haven, UK7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Beautiful afternoon walking through the woodlands, gardens and following the sculpture trail. The works of art were stunning. Friendly staff/volunteers. Lovely outdoor cafe though you can bring a picnic. The Chapel also a must see.
Written 20 August 2023
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theroscoefamily
Haverfordwest, UK17 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wonderful walled gardens. Some amazing trees and roses. Peaceful and very welcoming. A hidden gem in Pembrokeshire. Great sculptures too! Very dog friendly.
Written 9 August 2023
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