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“Excellent for the Enthusiast but Annoying M25 Noise.”

Capel Manor Gardens
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Enfield
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

Occasionally visit Capel Manor with my wife as we live in Enfield, which is convenient.
An excellent place with history back to the 12thC. The existing Manor House, however, is Georgian. There is a Stable Block. Most visitors I suspect are drawn to the Manor's Horticultural aspect; as a whole range of interests from the domestic gardener through to specialist areas of horticulture and botany are catered for. Capel Manor is not only a collection of gardens and plots: it is also a recognized World Class College for the Science, offering courses and instruction to a wide range of abilities; catering in particular for students with special needs.
There are small garden plots with a particular focus, such as the Australian Garden, the Family Friendly Garden, the Queen Mother's Garden, an Italian Garden... to name but a few. Somewhere in the grounds is a famous and very old tree; can't remember any more details with regard to it. Some National Collections are available (possibly) to see or study.
Many events are held here; some not related to the world of gardening; such as Vintage Motor
Vehicle shows and Fun Days for children; particularly around Christmas Time.
I believe Capel Manor has a Licence for holding Civil marriage Ceremonies, being a first rate place for the Photo Shoot!
The shop always seems to have a comprehensive range of items for sale in addition to planting. There is also a good café/restaurant.
For me, unfortunately, the aura of the place now, and has been for some time, ruined by the incessant noise from the M25 and A10. It is however, a background noise and is something that many visitors may well be able to ignore ...but I am particularly sensitive to it.
Easy to reach with a car (Junction 25 on the M25) but travelling by Public Transport is, I suspect, more difficult. I know that bus routes 217 and 317 pass close by, but I would recommend that intending visitors do a bit of research before travelling. Closest National Rail station is Turkey Street which is on the Liverpool Street to Cheshunt line. Other National Rail stations that are not too distant but may be convenient for a bus link are Waltham Cross, Cheshunt, Southbury Road, Enfield Town and Enfield Chase. The closest Underground/Tube Station is Oakwood. It is some distance away but you can connect easily with a 121 or 307 bus, and change later to a 217 or 317.
Admission prices are very reasonable...something like £5 or £6 and less for concessions and children etc. Capel is open Monday to Friday all year and weekends also for the summer season March to October.

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

I loved the gardens. Was lovely wandering around in all the different types of gardens. And plenty of convenient seats to sit and rest awhile or just to close your eyes and imagine you are somewhere else and enjoy the peace and quiet. Purchased a season ticket as they do accept dogs in the gardens (dog owners - please clear up after your dog) which is nice. They do have a small cafe/restaurant but it is a bit pricey. Toilets were very clean on my visit. I intend to go quite a lot as living in a maisonette the quietness is a great attraction. A book, flask and a few nibbles ......

1  Thank Gillian D
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

This is an interesting place with several miniature gardens developed by horticultural students. It is a lovely place and worth a visit if one is a keen gardener.

1  Thank Paprikalondon
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Our family discovered Capel Manor about 8 years ago and we can't keep away for too long. The flowers alone are gorgeous and just to sit in garden settings is so relaxing. There are plenty of all kinds of seats and shading to choose from. Lots to explore and lovely to see the addition of alpacas and meercats (although mostly hidden away at the moment - presumably once the family expand will be more interesting). Children love the maze every time they go. It's a very therapeutic place to be, even on one's own. LOVE IT!

1  Thank Miriam B
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Brilliant place to visit, fantastic for family. There is a local cab office from Enfield Town Railway Station to the garden. Easy to get to with nearby places to visit such as Myddelton Houses, Forthy Hall, De-Vere Hotel, Paradise Wildlife Park and also Parkside Farm (pick your own fruit) etc. just ask the friendly staff at the cab office inside the station.

Thank Mehmet C
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