An archway blooming with roses in the garden at Mottisfont

Rose season at Mottisfont


Date: 30th May 2024 - 29th Jun 2024
Time: 10am-5pm (gardens close at 8pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
Price: Range from 0 - £23.10

Mottisfont’s walled gardens are home to the extraordinary National Plant Collection of pre-1900 shrub roses, which creates an annual spectacle in early summer.

Old-fashioned roses tend to flower just once a year, so their blooming is an extraordinary annual sight. Over 400 varieties of rose bloom in Mottisfont’s walled garden during peak season. Climbers are trained onto red-brick walls, and shrub roses are set in beds among other flowers with complementary colours and foliage to show them off at their best.

This year, Mottisfont is celebrating 50 years since the collection was brought here for everyone to enjoy, and the garden team are preparing it to face the climate challenges of the future. You can find out more about this work in the garden when you visit.

Mottisfont’s gardens open until 8pm (last entry 7pm) on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 30 May to 29 June. On Fridays 7, 14 and 21 June you can enjoy live jazz from the FB Pocket Orchestra, plus wine tastings and wine for sale from award-winning Hampshire vineyard Black Chalk.

Rose season can be one of the busiest times at Mottisfont. Mornings tend to be busier than afternoons; most of our visitors arrive before 2pm, which can cause car park congestion. If you arrive after 2pm, there’s still time to enjoy all that Mottisfont has to offer, especially on our late opening evenings. If you have the flexibility, a weekday visit is generally quieter than a weekend, and Saturdays are usually less busy than Sundays.

National Trust members, Art Fund members and under 5s visit for free, otherwise peak admission applies from 27 May to 30 June. Off-peak admission applies from 5pm onwards for evening openings.


Mottisfont, National Trust Mottisfont Lane Nr Romsey SO51 0LP
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