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Combining Victorian formality with early C20 natural style and recent plantings to lead it into the C21, with a recently completed garden designed by Jacques and Peter Wirtz who designed the gardens at Alnwick Castle, and also a Richard Long sculpture. Terraced lawns with specimen and ornamental trees, panoramic views to the Chilterns. Naturalised bulbs, mirror image herbaceous borders, and impressive topiary incl box and yew sundial. Ascott House is closed on NGS Days.

Opening for NGS:
Monday 7 May, Monday 27 August (1 - 6pm). Admission £5.00, child £2.50.
(NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days).

NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days.

The National Trust

For other opening times and information, please phone 01296 688242, email or visit

Outdoor wheelchairs available from car park. Mobility buggy, prior booking advised.

How to find us

Ascott, Ascott, Wing, Leighton Buzzard, Buckinghamshire, LU7 0PP

2m SW of Leighton Buzzard, 8m NE of Aylesbury. Via A418. Buses: 150 Aylesbury - Milton Keynes, 100 Aylesbury & Milton Keynes.

More about Ascott

The 30 acre garden at Ascott depicts Victorian gardening at its very best. It was originally laid out by Sir Harry Veitch and had been overlaid with designs and plantings by Arabella Lennox Boyd. The garden is noted for its collection of mature, specimen trees set in rolling lawns. The wide lawns slope away to give magnificent views across the Vale of Aylesbury. The topiary includes an evergreen sundial with a yew gnomon and the inscription ‘Light and shade by turn, but love always’ in golden yew. More topiary has been added to the garden in recent years in the form of the Planet Garden and there are new plantings of magnolias. The fountain in the Dutch Garden is the focal point of the garden and comprises two marble tiers surmounted by a bronze figure of Cupid, the figure has also been identified as Mercury. The Venus fountain forms the centrepoint of the Venus garden and depicts the birth of Venus or Aphrodite. Both fountains were designed by Thomas Waldo Story. The garden at Ascott contains something to interest visitors throughout the year. From the massed display of daffodils in the spring, to the flowering of the magnolias, and the colour and spectacle of the bedding plants in the Dutch Garden. In addition there is the Madeira Walk with plants in shades of blue changing through the season and in the autumn there is a magnificent display of colour as the trees change to their autumnal foliage.

NT members are required to pay to enter the gardens on NGS days. Ascott House is closed on NGS Days.

Ascott opened the Pavilion Tea Room in 2015 serving tea, coffee, cold drinks and a selection of cakes, pastries and cookies.