Westbury Court Gardens, Westbury on Severn

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Westbury Court Garden is a Dutch water garden in Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England, 9mi southwest of Gloucester.It was laid out in 1696–1705, a rare survival not to have been replaced in the 18th century by a naturalistic garden landscape as popularised by Capability Brown. It is situated facing the high street of the rural village, extending on low-lying water meadows adjacent to the River Severn; the flat watery ground makes the site well suited to a Dutch-style garden, of which Westbury is the outstanding survival in Britain.The garden's centrepiece is a 137m long canal (illustration, right), centred on a two-storey Dutch style red-brick pavilion at one end and a large wrought iron gate in the wall at the far end, designed to extend the vista from the pavilion out into the surrounding countryside. The main canal is flanked by yew and holly topiary in pyramids and balls. A second red-brick building, a summer house built in 1702–04, overlooks a T-shaped canal running parallel to the main canal. Behind the summer house is a small walled garden of cottage plants and beyond the water garden is an orchard of fruit trees, which also contains an ancient evergreen oak planted in the 17th century, the largest ever recorded, it is also claimed to be the oldest in England.
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TripAdvisor
  • The gardens are beautifully laid out, nice to have a stroll around. Lovely welcome, well laid out information area and picturesque gardens - very odd in the back ground that sound form of motor racing...  more »
  • We were all impressed with the gardens especially the old tree in the garden.All of us enjoyed feeding the fish & I think this was a highlight.Best of all the dog was welcome to walk round with us.  more »
  • We have passed Westbury Court Garden a hundred times and never visited. We thought there was just the pavilion with reflecting pool to see, as that is all you can see from the road. In the 1700's ther...  more »
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  • Pleasant garden, may not be as large as you expect. Worth a visit. No tea room here.
  • Just beautiful, what a dedicated team! Our toddler loved spotting the fish in the canal, smelling the flowers and hunting for vegetables she recognised in the vegetable garden. Definitely on our top 10 list of national trust visits so far :)
  • Small compared to most NT properties but very well kept gardens and worth visiting throughout the year to see the gardens develop and change with the seasons.
  • Beautiful Dutch style canal gardens ably maintained by the National Trust. 400 year old Home Oak tree sadly being attacked by large bracket fungi.
  • Very well set out. short visit due to size but altogether rewarding