Hergest Croft Gardens

Hergest Croft Gardens

With stunning views towards the Black Mountains, the gardens have spectacular spring and autumn colour.  Created over 120 years by five generations of the Banks family, they contain more than 5,000 rare trees and shrubs.  Extending over 70 acres, Hergest Croft Gardens holds National Collections of maples and birches, plus over 80 'champion' trees.
The terraces are planted with multitudes of tulips in spring.  In addition to a traditional vegetable garden, the Kitchen Garden features a spring border under ancient apple trees, next to a long, double herbaceous border.  Beds of old-fashioned scented roses were added in 2020.
The impressive collection of azaleas in the Azalea Garden is combined with a great variety of unusual trees.  Maple Grove contains many new plants introduced from all over the world, including the Far East.
Walk through the Park, with its magnificent collection of specimen trees, and across Haywood Common is Park Wood.  This secluded valley, hidden deep in an ancient oak wood, contains over 30 acres of giant rhododendrons and exotic trees, creating a Himalayan scene, as delightful as it is unexpected.
Whether you are a keen gardener in search of inspiration, a discerning dendrologist or just looking for a quiet place in which to stroll, visiting this unique, atmospheric garden is a truly memorable experience.
Unusual trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants for sale.  Gift Shop.  Maples Tearoom (new for 2021) offers delicious light lunches and teas (home-made, from locally sourced ingredients) to complete your perfect day out.

Entry Cost

Adults £7
Accompanied children under 16 free of charge

Hours

Weekends from 13 March, then daily from Saturday 27 March to Sunday 31 October, 11.30 to 5.00.
  • Facilities

    • Baby changing
    • On-site cafe/restaurant
    • Gift shop
    • High chairs available
    • Outdoor Seating
    • Picnics welcome
    • Public toilets
  • Welcomes

    • Children welcome
    • Coach parties
    • Dogs welcome
    • Accepts groups
  • Accessibility

    • Disabled access
    • Disabled facilities
  • Parking

    • Free parking
  • Special Features

    • Garden
    • Historical Interest
    • Rural location
  • Food Menu

    • Locally Sourced (Herefordshire or neighbouring counties)
    • Scratch Cooking
    • Takeaway available
    • Vegan menu
    • Vegetarian menu
Hergest Croft Gardens

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Directions & Parking

Map pin Hergest Estate Office
Ridgebourne Road
Kington
Herefordshire
HR5 3EG
Follow the brown signs off the A44

Caring For The Planet

We encourage wildlife as much as possible: there are bird and bat boxes round the gardens, and this year are making homes for solitary bees.  We provide a safe place for a local hedgehog rescue centre to release their animals.  Many plants are chosen to attract insects; the beehives on the estate belong to a local honey producer.  We always leave some windfall fruit for birds. Whilst the garden is not quite 100% organic, we generally avoid all pesticides and insecticides.   All takeaway food packaging from our new Maples Tearoom is compostable, and we use local producers wherever possible.
  • Composting
  • Recycling (>75% of all waste)