Witley Court And Gardens

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Witley Court And Gardens

Explore the dramatic ruins of Witley Court and travel back to a world of lavish house parties.

Learn the stories behind the people who once lived and partied here, from servants to royal visitors.

Discover elaborate parterre gardens and monumental fountains then find your way through enchanting woodland to the unique adventure play area.

Witley Court has something for everyone to enjoy.

Romantic ruin
Walk up the sweeping driveway to the spectacular ruins of Witley Court and imagine a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts.

In the 1890s fashionable society flocked to Witley Court, including one frequent royal visitor, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Take in the impressive architecture and see the charred timbers from the disastrous fire which ripped through the court in 1937, destroying one of England’s greatest country houses.

Gardens
Wander through the intricately designed parterres, vibrant flower beds, ornate terraces and pavilions which make up the magnificently landscaped gardens of Witley Court. Today garden lovers can enjoy the beautifully restored East Parterre garden complete with topiary and colourful planting. There is something to enjoy in the garden in every season.

Not to be missed is the spectacular Perseus and Andromeda fountain ‘firing’ as it comes to life – once said to make the noise of an express train. Following a seven month conservation project the fountain has now been fully restored and fires every day from April to the end of October.

Play area
Home to a wide range of flowers and mini beasts, the wooden play area provides a fun and challenging space for adventurous children of all ages.

Inspired by the surrounding wilderness, there’s a tree-house shaped like a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and even a grass-covered amphitheatre. Braver explorers can tackle the wobbly bridge, scramble nets and slide.

Perfect for family picnics the play area is located near the visitor centre and is a huge hit with visitors of all ages.

Behind the scenes
Pick up a free audio guide and bring Witley to life with stories of past residents.

Re-live the extravagant lifestyle of the Foley and Dudley families who owned this classic example of a great Victorian country house.

Follow in the footsteps of the butler and other servants, and wander through the labyrinth of small rooms and passageways.

Walks
Explore the winding woodland paths of Witley’s vast parkland and wonder at the many different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world. The rhododendron collection is particularly impressive.

Follow the path beside the lake and look out for the rustic Victorian boathouse. If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe fishing for his supper. Just one of the many beautiful birds which make up Witley’s varied wildlife.

Shop
Come and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children’s toys and souvenirs. Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on our events and other English Heritage properties. Why not also shop online before or after your visit?

Temping treats
Enjoy a selection of light refreshments including hot and cold drinks and snacks from our visitor centre. There is also an independent tearoom serving delicious light lunches and cakes – open daily from April to October (the tearoom is not managed by English Heritage).

Bromsgrove

Visit Bromsgrove offering events throughout the year which take place in the town’s parks and open spaces.

An active community promotes a vibrant music and arts scene, cinema, arts comedy centre. Great food and drink, real ale pubs, canal restaurants and country pubs provide a great choice for visitors.

An interesting and fun place to live and visit. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a local born and bred, you will discover plenty of things to do in Bromsgrove.

Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.

In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery. And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.

Worcester is the main city with its cathedral and medieval charm, and to the north of the county is Worcestershire’s 19th-century industrial legacy, at restored mills and canals.

Kidderminster

Visit Kidderminster the largest town in the Wyre Forest District, just 17 miles south west of Birmingham, with it’s many Victorian buildings, through which flows the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, has plenty on offer visitors.

Boasting three shopping centres and a retail park, there are numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from and a twice weekly outdoor retail market.

Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.

In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery. And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.

Worcester

Visit Worcester a beautiful Cathedral and University City with a fascinating history of industry, a wealth of interesting architecture, top class sports teams and venues, an unrivalled selection of high street names and independent boutiques and a vibrant programme of events.

An interesting and fun place to live and visit. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a local born and bred, you will discover plenty of things to do in Worcester.

Eat, sleep and visit this breath taking city with the best places to stay, eat and relax in. Find the best restaurants, sleep in the best hotels and bed and breakfasts, discover what’s on in Worcester.

Visit Worcestershire a great destination for family fun with lots of attractions, great events and action-packed outdoor activities.

In the south are the Cotswolds and their enchanting stone-built villages and heart-lifting rural scenery.

And to the west is the Malverns; dark, brooding hills that rise suddenly over the valley of the River Severn that courses north to south down to the Bristol Channel.

Worcester is the main city with its cathedral and medieval charm, and to the north of the county is Worcestershire’s 19th-century industrial legacy, at restored mills and canals.

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Worcester WR6 6JT Worcester Road, Great Witley, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT, UK
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