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Goodnestone Park Gardens

One of Kent’s outstanding gardens and the favourite of many visitors. 14 acres around C18 house (not open) and with views over cricket ground and parkland. Something special yr-round from snowdrops and spring bulbs to the famous walled garden with old fashioned roses and kitchen garden. Outstanding trees and woodland garden with cornus collection and hydrangeas later. 2 arboretums, contemporary gravel garden. Picnics welcome.

Featured in The Lady magazine and Country Life.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 18 February (12 - 4.30pm), Sunday 8 April, Sunday 2 September (12 - 5pm). Admission £7.00, child £2.00. Home-made teas.

Francis Plumptre

For other opening times and information, please phone 01304 840107 or visit

How to find us

Goodnestone Park Gardens, Wingham, Canterbury, Kent, CT3 1PL

6m SE of Canterbury. Village lies S of B2046 from A2 to Wingham. Brown tourist signs off B2046.

More about Goodnestone Park Gardens

The former home of Margaret, Lady FitzWalter, Goodnestone Park Gardens covers approximately fourteen acres. The formal area around the house with fine old specimen trees, leads into a small arboretum with an avenue of limes. This adjoins a mature woodland area, with a 1920's rockery and pond. The walled garden, with some of the walls dating back to the 17th century has been redesigned and planted during the last 30 years with changes and new plantings continuing all the time. Jane Austen was a frequent visitor, her brother marrying a daughter of the house. There is a small nursery which is stocked entirely from plants grown in the garden and these are propagated on the premises.