Painswick Rococo Garden
Painswick Rococo Garden
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Painswick Rococo Garden is a unique 18th century garden set in a hidden valley with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. Painswick Rococo Garden was designed in the 1740s as an English country gentleman's pleasure garden, a place for holding intimate garden parties. Laid out in a hidden valley around Painswick House, the Garden is now the country's only complete surviving rococo garden. Since 1984, an ambitious restoration programme has transformed the Garden from a woodland wilderness into a stunning place to escape the busy world. Enjoy beautifully-framed views or snuggle in one of the fanciful garden buildings. Battle to find the centre of the unusual maze and enjoy homemade food in the cafe afterwards. The Garden is famous for its snowdrop displays in winter, usually February
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  • OliveYouTwo
    United Kingdom141 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully revived summer garden
    We visited on an April weekend. The gardens are relatively small but there is enough to see for 3 hours or so. Probably best to visit in summer when everything is in bloom. Lots for kids to do. Cafe and plant nursery very good. Plenty of picnic benches both inside and out. Would go back - in the summer. Look out for 2 for 1 offers.
    Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review - we're glad you enjoyed your visit.
    Written 17 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Christine K
    Barnsley, United Kingdom857 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Half way home stop off
    As RHS members we stopped off here on the way home from Devon as it is a partner garden, so we only have to pay for one of us to enter. I've not been for many years. The place was full of daffodils and more little buildings than I recall. We attempted the maze and managed to find our way to the centre of all three numbers, which was no mean feat! We climbed up to the viewpoint for an amazing view over the valley. Spent a bit of time watching a newt in the little circular pond. A lovely journey breaker, so much to see and marvel at even though it doesn't seem so when you first enter the garden. I would love to return in a different season
    Thanks so much for taking the time to write this lovely review, we're delighted that the Garden provided a lovely stop off point for your journey. There is plenty to enjoy in all seasons, our snowdrops in February are particularly stunning. We hope to see you again soon!
    Written 17 May 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2023
  • Giles
    Culcheth, United Kingdom269 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    A very interesting place with a good history. There’s not a lot of colour at certain times of year but it’s certainly worth a look. Limited disability access and toilets are good and well maintained but in a mobile trailer. I think in a year’s time this will be a five star location.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 June 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom9,580 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good value and lovely venue for families
    This was our second visit to the garden and lots had changed since last time. The garden is well signposted and has plenty of parking. There is now a good cafe on site with both covered and outdoor seating. The gardens are great, particularly for families and there are lots of events to get people involved. When we visited there were wicker statues of animals and mythical beasts throughout the gardens which was great fun to spot as we walked around. It isn't somewhere you could really spend a day but for a few hours it was a lovely bargain place to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Babes and brunch!
    Manchester, United Kingdom46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful garden.
    The Rococo gardens are a must visit if you are in the area. We spent about an hour and a half exploring the gardens and then stopped for cake and a coffee in the cafe at the end. The pathway, although rough at points, was more then manageable with our pushchair.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Kevin C
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A magical period garden
    What a lovely place, full of colour and unexpected vistas. Plenty of space to walk around and enjoy the well kept 18c gardens. The kitchen garden was very impressive, we liked the hop displays. Nice to get a chat with a friendly gardener. There is a play area for kids we spotted for next time. The cafe was excellent, we sat outside and eventually took home a trawl of garden ales.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Caroline Orchard
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cal and tranquil
    Such an amazing place! I tend to go once or twice a year and you can see the changes. The staff and volunteers maintain the grounds beautifully. It’s such a calm and tranquil place. There’s a new lovely garden centre there now. Little coffee shop and plenty of benches. I also love they value wildlife.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 November 2023
  • MKPitstop
    6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disenchanting
    The Enchanted Christmas Lights event at Rococo Gardens was sadly a bit underwhelming. We went as 4 adults and 4 children. We were expecting more aspects to be lit up and felt that there were missed opportunities to show off more of the features in the gardens. For example, it would have been great if the maze had lights and the beautiful carved castle lit up. I was also expecting it to include the whole garden down to the play area but that part was not included. As you enter the garden the area to your right is just too dark, something more is needed there. The paths are also very dark in many areas making it a bit sketchy. What was there to see was beautiful but for the price there just wasn't enough. There is a lot of competition for these Christmas events and we felt it either needed to be priced lower or more offered. A hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream was £5.40, we're not in London! We understand this is the first year this event has fun so hopefully more investment in the lights can be made as there is so much potential.
    Thanks for your review – we were sorry to read that you were a little disappointed by your visit to the Enchanted Garden by Night trail last week. This evening opening is new to us for 2023 and builds on the success of our summer holiday family willow trail, so it was not designed as a light show such as the others you mention. Rather, we have created a different sort of visit to the Garden here, with a relaxed trail around the handmade willow sculptures – boggarts, unicorns etc - which have then been tastefully lit by our designer. As a result, our admission prices compare favourably with local light shows at around two thirds of the cost of admission to Sudeley Castle or Westonbirt. Children are particularly welcome and cost just £8. The whole trail has been fully risk-assessed and safe lighting levels provided throughout. We regularly compare the prices of our food and drink to those charged elsewhere and are confident they are competitive. Our luxury hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream is one of our best-sellers, along with our delicious warm mulled wine and cider. There are of course less expensive hot and cold refreshments available from our friendly team. As you note, this is our first year of evening opening and there is plenty of potential to be fulfilled if we go ahead again in the future. We appreciate your feedback and your ideas as to how we could improve the trail in the future and we will do our best to build these into our plans, if we are able to go ahead again in the future.
    Written 21 December 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2023
  • MLH00014
    Tetbury, United Kingdom56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas Enchanted Garden
    We started our evening with mulled wine and cake then walked the light trail. It was really beautiful and the perfect length. We’ve never seen the Rococo Gardens in daylight, but in the evening and with Christmas lights, it was truly magical. We ended the night with burgers (my first jackfruit burger!) and a visit to their shop. We’d definitely recommend this. The staff were really friendly and helpful and the tickets were a reasonable price.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Symon C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enchanting night time experience
    We had a lovely visit yesterday to see the gardens lit up at night. The lighting was very tastefully placed to make the experience very enchanting. The staff were very friendly and the food and beverages on offer hit the mark. We will be back !
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 December 2023
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Annie
Tidworth, UK1,124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were visiting the area and decided to pop in here and have a look round. Well kept and tended gardens with follies dotted around, a maze and a couple of ponds. Some Spring flowers out, a few bluebells, mainly daffodils and a few other plants. It took us about an hour to walk around. Then we had a coffee in the teepee tent. They do hot food or soup or cakes if you are hungry. There is a small shop and a pop up shop (very friendly lady serving in here). Plenty of free parking and an area with plants that you can purchase.
Written 7 April 2024
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Susan Woods
Birmingham, UK15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very disappointed just a few daffodils that were going over no other flowers at all. Lady at till didn’t seem to know how to use it. No toilet only revolting portaloo so didn’t try the cafe won’t bother to come back! Waste of money and time
Written 1 April 2024
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Victoria
Greater London, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
I had a wonderful visit. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and I felt so refreshed and energised after my visit even though I got haled on! (It was February after all). The staff were lovely too and very knowledgeable.
Written 19 March 2024
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David L
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We visited on a Saturday afternoon. It was busy but not crowded. Entrance prices aren’t cheap (we paid 10.40 each as seniors) but we think it was worth it. The gardens are beautifully kept, as are the little folly buildings dotted around the site. The hedge maze was an unexpected treat, and you can get lost in it! From the viwing area above it you can see the hedge makes the numbers 250. Great for kids and they gave a play area as well at the end. Unfortunately we were a bit late to see the claimed 5 million snowdrops but it all looked very impressive with daffs! There’s a cafe and an excellently-kept garden centre where plants can be purchased. Recommended.
Written 10 March 2024
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Steeple Ashton, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We visited in February so not much of the colourful vegetation visible, but its history is intriguing. The fact that someone managed to recreate this is outstanding. I would advise you walk round the gardens first, then read the guided tour booklet for sale at the shop (Painswick Rococo Garden). This takes about 20 mins to read, with some very interesting data and facts. Then with this knowledge, walk around again and see how much you missed on your first trip round
Written 23 February 2024
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Keith C
45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Amazing views and great to see the 5 million snowdrops!!! Food and drink overpriced and could do with better toilets but great to see early daffs, and dog friendly. Was there over an hour, pre-book on busy times
Written 12 February 2024
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ocations
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Called today after planning and paying in advance. Cerney House at North Cerney is much prettier, more to see, lovely eclectic tea room and friendly staff.
Written 10 February 2024
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Mike
Glossop, UK642 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Visited by chance. Didn’t know that when the Snowdrops are out you should pre-book because of the popularity and limited parking. Still there were spaces available and the Snowdrops were lovely.
Written 3 February 2024
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Kate_R199
Gloucestershire, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We came to visit the snowdrops on a breezy Friday afternoon. Booked last minute online which was easy, when we arrived we were parked up by a helpful car park attendant. 2 cheerful ladies checked us in (it’s rare nowadays to be greeted with a smile!) and scanned our tickets. The cafe looked lovely and you could definitely get a good lunch there, gluten free options available.

Garden was beautiful and well maintained, it feels more open now due to the felling of quite a few trees - opening up new views that were previously hidden.

I’ll definitely return again, a very enjoyable visit.
Written 2 February 2024
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Clare L
Gloucestershire3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
I came with my 10 year old daughter to the winter light spectacular and we were not disappointed. The gardens looked magical and we both enjoyed the artwork and lights. We had hot drinks in the marquee afterwards which were reasonably priced. We would definitely return.
Written 15 January 2024
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