Essential Information for Visitors
The information on this page is designed to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as possible. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve this, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.
The entrance to Kiftsgate Court is through the black iron gates. Follow the signs down the drive to the free car park which is situated in front of the house near the entrance to the garden.
The admission rates for 2018 are:
Adults £ 8.50
Children £ 2.50
We suggest that you allow one and a half hours for your visit. Extra time should be made for a visit to the tea-room and to browse the plant stands. You are welcome to stay as long as you like up until closing time!
The garden is set on two different levels. The route between the upper garden and the lower garden contains several paths, which some visitors will find too steep to tackle. We suggest that visitors who have any doubts about visiting the lower garden walk to the terrace in the Four Squares garden and look down to the lower garden where they can assess the descent for themselves.
There is an illustrated Guide book for sale (£ 4.50) at the entrance desk and in the shop which gives the history of the garden and a guide to each garden. A Plant list with all the shrubs and plants is also available (£2.50). A free map is available on the back of your ticket.
A Safe and Enjoyable Visit
Inevitably there are dangers lurking in every garden.
Some of the plants growing in the garden are poisonous and can produce rashes if touched or ingested. Taking cuttings is strictly not allowed.
The swimming pool and the new pond both contain deep water. There is a buoyancy ring next to both features but visitors are requested not to swim or paddle.
Some of the paths are steep, uneven and can become slippery when wet or very dry. Sensible shoes are strongly recommended.
Children are of course welcome in the garden! As Kiftsgate is situated on a steep bank and has several water hazards we do advise that children are supervised while visiting the garden.
Visitors with Disabilities
The graveled surface in the car park and around the entrance to the garden can be difficult for wheelchair users and makes access difficult. Please drive up to the entrance of the garden to unload wheelchairs. The garden does contain many changes of level but wheelchair users with some mobility will be able to access about a third of the garden. A map showing the easiest route is available free of charge at the entrance. We do not have any scooters or wheelchairs available for hire. The nearest adapted toilets are at Hidcote NT gardens half a mile away. A ramp is available for wheelchair access to the tearoom.
The toilets are located in the courtyard, the entrance to which is on the right as you leave the main car park (it may be hidden behind the coaches if there are any on the day you visit). Please retain your ticket if you need to leave the garden to use the toilets as you will need to present it again on re-entry.
Plants for Sale
Plants grown in the garden and propagated in our own nursery are available to buy. The selection changes frequently and we are unable to dispatch by post. Members of staff will give advise on any plants being offered. In addition we offer a range of seeds, all of which have been collected int eh garden.
The small shop next to the plant sales area offers a range of garden related gifts.
Picnics are not allowed in the garden. There is a picnic table on the lawn next to the drive beyond the main car park.
Dogs are not welcome in the garden itself although there is a grassy area next to the overflow car park where dogs can stretch their legs. There are some shady parking spots in the overflow car park.
We are unable to offer guided tours because the paths around the garden are narrow and unsuitable for guiding visitors through the garden. There is always someone available at the entrance to answer any questions you may have about the gardens. There is as beautifully photographed and presented brochure available to buy which describes each area of the garden. There is also a plant list available to buy.
Other places to visit. We are spoilt with interesting and unusual places to visit within easy striking distance. Hidcote Manor Gardens, Batsford Arboretum, Mill Dene and Bourton House are gardens reached easily from Kiftsgate. Other places of interest include Court Barn Museum in Chipping Campden, Compton Verney and Lord Leycester Hospital in Warwick.