Things to do at Witley Court and Gardens review
Witley Court and Gardens is an English Heritage property in Great Witley, Worcestershire. A hundred years ago it was one of England’s great country houses where they hosted many extravagant parties. In 1937 there was a disastrous fire and the house is now a spectacular ruin although the gardens are certainly anything but ruined.
It was an Italianate mansion built for the Foleys in the 17th century. After the fire, the house decayed for 40 years until it was taken into the care of The Department of the Environment in 1972. Since then there has been significant restoration that has now secured the house as a ruin that you can explore. As you walk up the sweeping driveway to the ruins you can imagine a bygone era of house parties and balls. You can pick up a free audio guide that will help bring the story of Witley court to life.
There are two immense and stunning fountains in the gardens that survived the fire which you can see today. The spectacular restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain fires every day from April until the end of October. In the gardens, you can wander through vibrant flower beds, ornate terraces and pavilions. The gardens are approximately 40 acres in size.
Witley Court has a wilderness play area. It was inspired by the surrounding wilderness with a tree-house shaped like a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and there is even a grass-covered amphitheatre. There is a wobbly bridge, scramble nets and a slide.
You can also explore the woodland in the parkland where there is an impressive rhododendron collection. Look out for the Victorian boathouse. You can also wander over to see the Great Witlet church which was untouched by the fire. It is a delightful church with an amazing Italianate Baroque interior.
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FAQ and Further Information Witley Court and Gardens
Is there food and drink available?
Hot and cold drinks are available in the visitor centre plus light refreshments. There is an independent tearoom located next to the house (open April to October). You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Historic house now a ruin that you can explore, audio tour, extensive gardens with fountains, woodland and a wilderness play areas. There are toilets, refreshments and a tearoom.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. Adults cost £9 without donation and children 5-17 are £5.40. Under 5s are free, family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking, charges apply to nonmembers.
When are they open?
Witley Court is open for most of the year although over most of the autumn and winter they are only open at weekends. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Are they accessible?
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