The Savill Garden, Windsor; a hidden gem

Date Posted: 17/11/2017

A Royal Garden rich in history and fit for a Queen

The Savill Garden is a hidden gem in the heart of Windsor Great Park. With a Royal history spanning more than 1,000 years, escape to 4,800 acres of sweeping parkland and you will discover a very special Woodland Garden. Commissioned by George V, the Garden was created in 1932 by Sir Eric Savill and under the careful guidance of the Keeper of the Gardens and team of horticulturists – it is as majestic today as it was then.

With seasonal displays in eight themed landscaped areas, groups can wander its paths, gaze at the magnificent trees, and admire its abundant variety of flowers and rare plants. You will be connecting with decades of Royal history – from the original weeping willow tree, to the most recent addition – the magnificent Rose Garden opened by Her Majesty The Queen.

You may also want to consider visiting The Valley Gardens. Created by the shared vision of Sir Eric Savill and Hope Findlay, these 250 acres of undulating valleys were planted with exotic azaleas, magnolias and other blooms from all over the world. Every season offers collections that will surprise and delight even the most seasoned of horticulturists, including National Collections of Magnolia, Rhododendron Species and Glenn Dale Azaleas, as well as Himalayan and Chinese Birches.

Savill Garden Visitor Centre

Your Garden visit starts at the award-winning Savill Building, which has the largest timber gridshell roof in the UK, using sustainably sourced wood from the Windsor Estate.

Garden entry tickets are valid for the whole day – which means that you can come and go as you please, giving you plenty of opportunities to have a bite to eat at the Savill Garden Kitchen, or a cream tea in The Gallery Café. You’ll also want to visit the Gift Shop and Plant Centre with a wide range of tempting garden-inspired gifts, seasonal goods, and plants from the Royal Gardens.

Benefits for group and coach visitors*:

·         Dedicated Group Bookings Coordinator

·         FREE familiarisation visit for the Group Organiser

·         Discounted group ticket rates

·         FREE ticket for the Group Organiser

·         FREE on-site coach park

·         FREE car parking

·         Meet & Greet from a member of the team

·         FREE coach driver admission and £10 refreshment voucher

·         FREE Garden map for all group visitors

*Minimum group size is ten (10). Maximum two (2) free tickets for familiarisation visit. Coach parking must be booked in advance. Free ticket for Group Organiser is available for the 11th person in the group. Car parking is free with your ticket to The Garden.

Make the most of your day out with our joint ticket packages:

·        NEW for 2018 – Windsor Great Park Royal Heritage Tour and Dorney Court
Register online to receive our Group Visitors Guide for 2018

 ·        Windsor Castle & The Savill Garden

One of the official residences of Her Majesty The Queen, Windsor Castle is the largest and oldest occupied castle in the world. Within the Castle Precincts you will discover St George’s Chapel, the spiritual home of the Order of the Garter – one of the oldest orders of chivalry in the world. The Castle has been the home of 39 monarchs, and the appearance of the State Apartments today reflects the changing tastes of the Castle’s Royal occupants, particularly Charles II (r.1660-85) and George IV (r.1820-30). With painted ceilings by Antonio Verrio, and carvings by Grinling Gibbons, the State Apartments are a ‘must see ‘on your visit.

Available: 1st April – 31st October

·         Frogmore House & The Savill Garden
Built in the 17th century and set in the private Home Park, Frogmore is renowned for its beautiful landscaped garden and 18th century Lake, and, although no longer occupied, is frequently used by the Royal Family for private entertaining.

Your tour will provide an insight into the history of this Royal residence and the lives of its occupants, culminating in the Britannia Room, where, following the decommissioning of the Royal Yacht in 1997, The Duke of Edinburgh arranged a selection of items to reflect the interior of the much-loved vessel. The rich mahogany table that dominates the room was made for Britannia in the 1950s.

Available: 1st -31st August

·         The Royal Garden and River Boat Cruise

It was over 800 years ago – in 1215 – that the Magna Carta was sealed by King John on the banks of the Thames at Runnymede. The site now boasts an exquisite statue of Her Majesty The Queen, as well as the Jurors sculpture, to commemorate this landmark occasion.

Discover more about this historically important event, with a relaxed commentary from the team at French Brothers, as you enjoy your river trip amongst the majestic swans and a stunning view of Windsor Castle.

Available: 1st April – 30th November

·         The Savill Garden and The Valley Gardens Tours
Go online to find out more about our guided tours

To find out more about our group visit packages or to order our Group Travel Guide go to: www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk/groups.

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