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Tours and Talks at the Walled Garden
We are open to the public every Wednesday from 1st May to 25th September 2019, from 10.30 - 4pm. Entrance is £5 per person and children under four are FREE! Free tours of the Walled Garden are available at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm. A tour of the Victorian farm buildings will be available (depending on site availability) at an additional cost of £3.

The 2019 season in the Walled Garden will be holding Open Days every Wednesday 10.30am-4pm, between 1st May and 25th September. Entrance is £5 per person and children under four are free.  Free tours of the garden are available at 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm and 2.45pm.  A tour of the Victorian Farm Buildings will be available at 1pm (depending on site availability) at an additional cost of £3.  Seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables, 100% pure unsweetened apple juice and delicious Luton Hoo Estate honey and honeycomb are available from the garden shop and there is free parking next to the Walled Garden entrance. 

Pre-Booked Tour Options

Guided Tour of the Walled Garden - A detailed, dedicated tour of the garden; taking in the glasshouses, back sheds and dairy.  Learn about the history of the garden, the organisation, the plants grown and the work done by our dedicated volunteers.

Cost: £5 pp - Length of visit: Approx 1.5 hours

Talk, Tour & Tea on the History of the Walled Garden - Enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits with an illustrated talk on the history of the Walled Garden followed by  a guided tour, as detailed above.

Cost: £10 pp (min £150 per group) Length of visit: Approx 2.5 - 3 hours

Guided Tour of the Victorian Farm Buildings: This extensive tour will take you through the Victorian farmyard, learn about the history of the farm and its modern use as a film location.

Cost: £5 pp (£8 incl Walled Garden entry)  Length of visit:  Approx 1.5 hours * (Min charge £90)

Tour, Talk & Tea on the History of the Farms on the Luton Hoo Estate Farms: Enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits with an illustrated talk on the history of Luton Hoo Estate Farms, followed by a guided tour of the Victorian farm buildings, as detailed above.

Cost: £10 pp Length of visit: Approx 2.5 hours

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT US

BOOK A SPEAKER FOR AN ILLUSTRATED TALK

A range of illustrated talks are available focusing on various aspects of our rich history at a venue of your choice.  (subject to speaker availability)

The History of the Luton Hoo Walled Garden 

from the 18th-21st century - This talk outlines how successive owners; the Butes, the Leighs and the Werners transformed the landscape.  Our speaker will explain how a dedicated volunteer team is bringing the garden back to life.  (Detailed talks are available for each owner)

 

Capability Brown's Walled Garden

Bute ownership - John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, and 'Capability Brown's collaboration at Luton Hoo.

The 19th Century - 

John Shaw Leigh, a significant Victorian entrepreneur.  He and his son, John Gerard, revitalised the estate, the garden and the farm.

  • The 20th Century -

Wernher era - changes before, during and after the two World Wars.

The Ladies of the Manor

Our talks usually feature the men who owned Luton Hoo, but this new talk focuses on the lady 'owners' and the significant part they played.  From the Countess of Bute, in 1763 to the death of Lady Zia Wernher in 1977.

Hoos Head Gardeners

Who supervised and developed the Walled Garden and the pleasure gardens over a period of 200 years?

Farms and Farmers 

The history of the various farms and farmers on the estate including an impressive group of farm buildings.

WW1 Soldiers  

Who were the ninety nine men on the WW1 Luton Hoo Estate Roll of Honour?

John Stuart 3rd Earl of Bute

Scholar and gentleman or corrupt scoundrel?  - A talk about the man who established the Walled Garden for his botanic collection in the 1760s.

Luton Hoo's Allotments 

A talk about the history of the nine sets of allotments located on the estate.

 

Cost: £70 - We also ask that the volunteer speaker's travel expenses are covered at 40p per mile

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT US:

office@lutonhooestate.co.uk  01582 721443