Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

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A sanctuary of natural beauty, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens offers visitors the perfect escape from all the stresses of the outside world. Experience nature at its finest whilst exploring the 180 acres of gardens, wildlife and play areas for children. Run as a charity its aim is to conserve, develop and exhibit these world-renowned Gardens and plant collection.

Guest will be delighted while discovering the incredibly diverse range of trees, including maples and cherry trees. Attractive shrubs and flowers such as wisteria, peonies and azaleas, happily thrive within the Gardens. Sir Harold Hillier Gardens offers stunning surroundings with blooming plants from every season that have been carefully curated to give a magical experience every day of the year. 

Beautiful Gardens and Fun Activities

With gardens such as the Gurkha Memorial Garden, created to showcase Nepal’s dazzling flora, valleys like the Himalayan Valley and a peat garden dating from 1964, there is a network of paths suitable for all abilities. One route takes you through Spring Walk which during May boasts flowers with vibrant colours and tantalising scents, there is so much to see. Or, explore the impressive Centenary Border, the longest double mixed border in the country, planted in 1964 by Sir Harold Hillier to mark the 100th anniversary of his Grandfather founding Winchester Nursery.

Young visitors are well catered for. Not only are there many opportunities to learn for curious minds, there are also many exciting attractions that will bring laughter and happiness to any day out. Face the Wobbly Bridge and watch the shimmering fish swim through the sparkling pond waters. Young explorers will be enchanted by the Jurassic Gunnera Boardwalk, a raised path that cuts through a huge tunnel of Gunnera leaves.

For enthusiastic little monkeys, the Woodland Tree House lets them burn off energy whilst enjoying the large Super Snake Swing and the Flying Carpet Swing. Next, brave the Hilltop Adventures where courageous guests take on a wooden obstacle course, showing off their balancing skills and strength. The Children’s Education Garden was opened in July 2006 by David Attenborough, created for school visits and family learning days, to engage children as they learn. Here you can find six ponds filled with aquatic life and dragonflies, giant bamboo wind chimes and bamboo maze. And, not to miss are their Mediterranean and oak “classrooms” with exotic plants and herbs.

Open all year (except Christmas and Boxing Day)

April–October: 10am–6pm (last entry 5pm)

November–March: 10am–5pm (last entry 4pm)

Christmas Eve: 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm)

Admission price 


£11.60 with donation

£10.50 without donation


Children (5-16 years)

£3.10 with donation

£2.75 without donation


Children (under 5s)



Family (2 adults and 2 children)

£26.50 with donation

£24 without donation


Concession (Over 60s, job seekers, full-time students and people with disabilities)

£10.50 with donation

£9.50 without donation


Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is a registered charity (274737)

* Admission includes a voluntary donation to help conserve, develop and exhibit these world-renowned Gardens and plant collection.

Please note, only assistance dogs are allowed.

Why should I visit?

    • 180 acres of stunning gardens, valleys and walks.
    • Flapping and fluttering, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is home to about 80 species of birds and 25 species of butterflies.
    • Young explorers have so much to discover, from the Wobbly Bridge to the Woodland Treehouse, Super Snake Swings and even Hilltop Adventures obstacle course.
    • The incredible Centenary Border, the longest double mixed border that was planted in 1964 by Sir Harold Hillier.
    • Spending their days snuffling and pottering around, the magnificent Woodland Pigs who help to clear the scrubland are a sight to see.


Assistance dogs allowed
Baby changing facilities
Disabled access
Disabled parking available
Free parking on site
Gift shop
Hearing loop / hearing aids available on request
On site parking
Suitable for ages 12 and above
Suitable for ages 3 and above
Suitable for ages 5 and above
Suitable for ages 8 and above
Tour Guide – we require booking for this facility
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Where to find us


Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Lane
SO51 0QA

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By car

Free onsite parking with limited accessible parking bays.

From the south: From junction 3 of the M27, follow the A3057 signs to Romsey where you will find the Gardens clearly signposted.

From the north: From the M3 Winchester direction, you can exit junction 11, and follow the signs to Hursley and Ampfield.

From Andover: Follow the A3057.

By train

The nearest station is Romsey which is 2 miles away and reachable by bus.

By bus

Route 66 - Winchester to Romsey
This service is operated by Stagecoach Bus and stops just outside of the Garden entrance.

By bike

On site bike racks are available

Kids activities

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Children's play features:

  • Kids will be delighted when they find the Woodland Treehouse where they can swing and slide to their hearts consent.
  • The Flying Carpet Swing and the Super Snake Swing will see excited kids set free as they soar through the air.
  • For brave guests, the Hilltop Adventures obstacle course will test their climbing and balancing skills.
  • Inquisitive children will love all the creatures living throughout the Gardens, including swift birds, delicate butterflies and gorgeous woodland pigs.
  • The Children’s Education Garden will see happy young people smelling the exotic herbs and making music with the giant bamboo chimes.