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The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo Estate was designed by Capability Brown in the late 1760's for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, noted Botanist and Prime Minister under George III. The Garden changed and evolved under owners and management to match the fashion of horticulture in the 19th and 20th centuries, with each owner leaving their mark on the garden's rich history. Unfortunately, the garden fell into decline in the late 1970's, becoming dilapidated, overgrown and neglected.

In 2001 a project began to research the history of the Walled Garden and its importance in Victorian and Edwardian society.  This marked the beginning of a new era for the Walled Garden, which is now the focus of a fascinating project.  The Walled Garden Project is largely carried out by an enthusiastic team of gardeners, researchers and historians who work alongside a restoration and conservation team, and a vibrant education team - all dedicated volunteers working towards a bright future whilst continuing to reveal a rich history.

Today the site comprises a five-acre garden surrounded by the original 18th century octagonal wall, and a range of glass houses, including a timber framed Mackenzie Moncur conservatory dated circa 1911, a peach house, a vinery and a further glasshouse on the diaphragm wall.  There is also a selection of rare service buildings surrounding the garden including the Head Gardener's office, a potting shed, a boiler house, stables and propagation houses.  The garden continues to be revived, repaired and re-imagined for the enjoyment of all.

Ways to visit the garden: 

The Walled Garden will be open from the beginning of May to the end of September, 2021.  This year all visits are ticketed.  Please book at: 

entrance is only £5 per adult, £1 school age child and under 5's are FREE

Adjacent parking is free

We hope to continue further opportunities to visit the garden as we progress through the season.