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Hergest Croft Gardens

Hergest Croft Gardens
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Ridgebourne Road
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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 offers delicious light lunches and teas (home-made, from locally sourced ingredients) to complete your perfect day out.

Entry Cost

Adults £8
Accompanied children under 16 free of charge
Groups welcome by arrangement
Guided Tours available by arrangement


Weekends only in March then daily from 1st April to 29 October 2023, 11.30 to 5.00.
  • Special Features

    • Historical Interest
    • Garden
    • Rural location
  • Facilities

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

    • Disabled access
    • Disabled facilities
  • Welcomes

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

    • Free parking
  • Food Menu

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

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Directions & Parking

Map pin Hergest Estate Office
Ridgebourne Road
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.
  • Recycling (>75% of all waste)
  • Composting