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Chris Dee
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Highgrove Royal Gardens

Doughton, Nr Tetbury

HighgroveHighgrove Garden has increasingly opened up to visitors in recent years. The initial appeal may be curiosity about an opportunity to view what is The Prince of Wales’s own garden, but this is very appealing garden in its own right. 

The 15 acre garden has been over 35 years in the making now. Visitors take a tour, rather than being free-flow and you should expect to be there for 2 hours or so. There are various options available for Champagne afternoon teas, lunches or dinner etc.  We’ve heard, um, varying opinions about the catering at Highgrove.

It’s important to book your place in advance through the website - or some of our nearby Cotswolds Finest Hotels offer this as part of a package. 

What you’ll experience is a welcome from HRH (unfortunately on screen) and a tour of the organic gardens (visitors comment on the painstaking management of garden pests and the fact that weeds are often allowed to grow). There are a set of themed garden spaces, a walled vegetable garden and a wildflower meadow. There’s a stumpers with ferns and hostas. The Carpet Garden is based on Islamic design and is a highlight for many - the garden won a medal at Chelsea. Dotted about are various garden-friendly gifts acquired by HRH over the years. 

Having said that it’s important to remember that not all areas of the garden are always open to all visitors. 

Incidentally cameras and phones are collected at reception. You’re asked to bring photo ID.

Ultra-Royalists can make a day of it by visiting Highgrove shop in nearby Tetbury, a pretty town.

Cotswolds Finest Hotels Nearby

Head to the Hare and Hounds, Calcot Manor or Whatley Manor.

Highgrove Royal Gardens

Doughton, Nr Tetbury
GL8 8NT

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