Fodor's Expert Review Stowe Landscape Gardens

Aylesbury Garden/Arboretum Fodor's Choice

This exquisite example of a Georgian garden was created for the Temple family by the most famous gardeners of the 18th century. Capability Brown, Charles Bridgeman, and William Kent all worked on the land to create 980 acres of trees, valleys, and meadows. More than 40 striking monuments, follies, and temples dot the landscape of lakes, rivers, and pleasant vistas; this is a historically important place, but it's not for those who want primarily a flower garden. Allow at least half a day to explore the grounds. Stowe House, at the center, is now a fancy school with some magnificently restored rooms; it's open for tours most afternoons, but the actual schedule is notoriously changeable, so do call ahead or check www.stowe.co.uk for more information. The gardens are about 3 miles northwest of Buckingham, which is 14 miles northwest of Aylesbury. You enter the gardens through the New Inn visitor center, where there are period parlor rooms to explore.

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This exquisite example of a Georgian garden was created for the Temple family by the most famous gardeners of the 18th century. Capability Brown, Charles Bridgeman, and William Kent all worked on the land to create 980 acres of trees, valleys, and meadows. More than 40 striking monuments, follies, and temples dot the landscape of lakes, rivers, and pleasant vistas; this is a historically important place, but it's not for those who want primarily a flower garden. Allow at least half a day to explore the grounds. Stowe House, at the center, is now a fancy school with some magnificently restored rooms; it's open for tours most afternoons, but the actual schedule is notoriously changeable, so do call ahead or check www.stowe.co.uk for more information. The gardens are about 3 miles northwest of Buckingham, which is 14 miles northwest of Aylesbury. You enter the gardens through the New Inn visitor center, where there are period parlor rooms to explore.

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off A422
Stowe, Buckinghamshire  MK18 5EQ, England

01280-817156

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stowegardens

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £15; house only £6, £18.50; house only £6.50

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