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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