Houghton Lodge Gardens


About This Attraction

Houghton Lodge Gardens is the ideal place to visit, whether your passion lies with Historic houses or beautiful gardens – or both. One of the most beautiful privately owned homes and gardens in Hampshire. The Grade II* listed formal and informal gardens surround the UK’s best surviving example of an 18th Century Cottage Orné. It is idyllically set above the tranquil waters of the River Test.

The walled garden is home to a heritage orchard enclosed by a historical chalk cob wall. It provides protection to 32 different varieties of the apple tree, and our recently crowned champion pear for being the widest espaliered pear tree in Britain-now 54’ long. There is a wonderful herb garden with medicinal, natural dye, perfumery/potpourri and herbal tea beds. See traditional vegetable beds and a fruit cage with golden and red raspberries which provides a safe haven for our family of Mille Fleur Pekin bantems. You will also see our hosta and iris beds, an impressive collection of Kelways peonies, Bramley apple tunnel, cutting, scented and wildflower beds, orchid house, sweet peas, stunning rose and clematis arbour all of which provide a kaleidoscope of colour from summer through to the first frosts of autumn. 

Ambling down to the river, visitors can engage with our ever-friendly alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert and meet the little flock of Hebridean sheep. On approaching the wooden bridge, visitors need to be wary of our resident topiary dragon who enjoys puffing his welcome. Nearby, the serpentine walk offers an enchanting mix of the quiet and scents of ancient times, with breathtaking views over the water meadows. Before returning to the walled garden, see the splendour of the semi-formal box parterre that makes up the stunning peacock topiary garden.

12th April – 30th September 2021  

11am – 5pm Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm Saturday /Sunday / Bank Holidays. 

Garden only: Adults £10.30, Children £5.44, Children under 3 FREE. 

Why should I visit?

    • 14 acres of a variety of picturesque beautiful gardens to explore featuring: Walled Garden, formal and informal gardens, heritage orchard of apples and pears, herb garden, wildflower bed, cutting bed and stunning borders.
    • Delicious tearoom with coffee, tea, cakes, and light bites, perfect for lunch in a scenic setting.
    • Set alongside the stunning River Test with water meadow walks, alpacas and sheep.
    • Perfect for the whole family and all ages to enjoy a day out.
    • Gardens surrounding an extraordinary 1793 Cottage Orné which can be admired whilst strolling through the gardens.
    • See Britain’s widest espalier Champion pear tree.
    • Woodland walks.


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Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Dogs accepted
Free parking on site
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Where to find us


Houghton Lodge Gardens
SO20 6LQ


01264 810502


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By Car

Houghton Lodge is in the heart of the Test Valley, only an hour and a half from Central London, a simple and usually fast journey straight down the M3 and the A30. We are five minutes from the local town of Stockbridge. Follow the brown signs to Houghton Lodge Gardens.

By Taxi

Andover – Pikes 01264 334328,

Winchester – Wintax 01962 878727

By train

The nearest railway stations are Winchester (11 miles) or Andover (8 miles). Taxis are available at the stations.

By Bus

You can get to Houghton Lodge Gardens by a limited bus service.  The nearest bus stop is outside the front gate. All buses go from Andover direct to Winchester but then that bus goes to Houghton Lodge. The bus is number 16 and it leaves the Broadway Winchester (where there is the large bronze statue to King Alfred) at 10.00am and 13.20pm. There is no return bus after 4.00pm other than on school days. It is a request stop only.

There is a free community transport bus from Romsey, direct to the car park at Houghton Lodge. For details ring 0330 4004 116.

Kids activities

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  • Meet the resident alpacas, Tom, Dick, Harry and Herbert and the little flock of Hebridean sheep
  • Find the hiding resident puffing topiary dragon!
  • Witness the impressive River Test where swans and fish live
  • See what insects you can find bug hunting
  • Plenty of space for the kids to run around