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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Group and Trade Visits

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens makes the perfect setting for a memorable day out. Explore, relax and discover these award winning 180 acre Gardens.

We host a range of excellent facilities and attractions:

  • A magnificent collection of thousands of trees and shrubs from around the world.

  • Restaurant and Tea Rooms.

  • Summer Art in the Garden exhibition.

  • Gift Shop.

  • Plant Centre.

  • Dedicated free coach parking.

  • All ability path network and mobility scooters for hire.

  • Indoor art/craft exhibitions throughout the year.

The Gardens have a dedicated coach drop off point and fast track entry to make your trip stress free.  

Booking

We recommend that all group visits are booked in advance, to ensure your day runs smoothly. To book online, please complete the booking request form.

Once we receive your completed booking form, we will then contact you to confirm arrangements.

We are happy to help with any queries you may have, please contact the team on 01794 369318 or email hilliergardens.groups@hants.gov.uk.

Seasonal Highlights

  • Bog garden

    Spring

    One of the most delightful times to visit the Gardens with Magnolia Avenue and Spring Walk. See the carpets of spring bulbs in full bloom and Japanese flowering cherries in full glory. Head into Brentry Woodland, a must-see spectacle of vibrant rhododendrons and colourful Azaleas.

  • Centenary border

    Summer

    Iconic Centenary Border –the longest double herbaceous border in the UK. A kaleidoscope of colour, simply stunning from May through to October. Also enjoy the tranquility of the Pond, banked by lush foliage and giant Gunnera.

 
  • Autumn colour

    Autumn

    Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world-renowned for its display of Autumn colour, with hundreds of Champion Trees on show. Autumn is a great time to see the autumn fruits, berries and fungi. Not forgetting the Heather Gardens, awash with pretty purples hues.

  • Winter frost

    Winter

    Enjoy one of the largest Winter Gardens of its kind in Europe, with plants specially selected to be at their best between November and March. See the bold stem and bark colours and smell the incredible scents. Don’t miss the Hellebores, drifts of snowdrops and carpets of cyclamen.

 

Catering

  • Pavilion

    Lunch

    Our contemporary 100-seater Pavilion Restaurant, with open terrace panoramic views across the Gardens is ideal for groups. A range of delicious home cooked meals are available, using locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Ask about our set menu options.

  • Jermyns House

    Afternoon Teas

    Jermyn’s House, the Victorian manor house is an idyllic setting within the Gardens. Enjoy light lunches and delicious cream teas, served in the house or on the lawn. Pre-purchase catering vouchers are available for groups.

 

Guided Tours

Why not book a guided tour with our knowledgeable horticultural experts, these tours are competitively priced and can be booked in advance (some foreign language tours maybe available). Lasting around 1.5 hours these seasonal tours are helpful and informative with the opportunity to ask questions.

Want to discover on your own? All group members receive a free ‘plants of current interest’ leaflet and colour map, ideal for self-guided visits.

Access

The Gardens and buildings are accessible with an all-ability path network and accessible WCs. Mobility scooters* and Wheelchairs are available when pre-booked in advance (*a small hire charge applies). To book this service, please indicate on your booking form or contact us on 01794 369318.

Nearby attractions

 
 

Romsey

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is just 3 miles from the picturesque market town of Romsey. Tourist attractions in the town include Romsey Abbey and King John’s House.

If you wish to combine your visit with another local attraction, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is conveniently located just 7 miles off the M27 (J3) close to Bournemouth, Winchester, Portsmouth, Salisbury and The New Forest.

 
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Group Benefits

  • Special group rates (for parties of 10+)

  • Free coach parking, easy drop off and collection point

  • Free ‘plants of interest’ leaflet and colour map

  • Free refreshment voucher for the coach driver

  • Free entry for the coach driver