Visit in a group

Are you looking for a beautiful garden to visit? A unique, stunning space you can enjoy with a group of friends, family or as part of an organised day? A National Garden Scheme open garden is the perfect place for a group visit. Whether you’re a group of enthusiastic amateur gardeners or a photography club looking for inspiration, come expecting a warm welcome, a good brew and plenty of cake!

All the gardens we’ve listed on this website are opened by our wonderful volunteers. The best thing to do is search for the garden you’re interested in visiting as a group, and then get in contact with the owner using the contact information displayed on the garden’s page. Alternatively, we have County Organisers who can take a look at your options and help you plan a visit in your area – to see a list of our volunteers click here. You will almost always need to book in advance before visiting in a group, so please do get in touch with the organiser to avoid disappointment.

 

Practical tips

Gardens open by arrangement
Don’t forget to search our list of gardens that are only open by arrangement – if you’re planning on visiting in a group, they may have more available dates for you to choose from.

Group size and parking
Depending on the size of your group, you may want to arrive by coach. It’s always worth speaking to the garden owner to find out the maximum capacity of their garden and to check on parking arrangements.

Catering
Many of our gardens, including the gardens that open by arrangement only, offer refreshments – and some will be able to supply lunches too. Just get in touch with the owner to discuss your requirements.

Toilets
Unfortunately, not all of our gardens are able to offer toilet facilities. Where they’re not available, garden owners should be able to let you know where the nearest facilities are – so just ask.

Payment
Please pay for your group at the garden you visit. If you want to pay with a voucher, please check with the garden owner in advance, as some won’t be able to accept them.

At the moment there are no discounts for group visits. Garden admission prices are very reasonable and all proceeds go straight to the National Garden Scheme’s beneficiary charities.