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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Test Valley


Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA

Tel: +44 01794 369318

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens


Discover beauty and inspiration through landscaped features, woodlands and walkways at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Established in 1953 by distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier, the magnificent collection of over 42,000 plants from temperate regions around the world are set within 180 acres.

The Gardens display stunning seasonal variation and include 12 National Plant Collections, Gurkha Memorial Garden, 200 metre long summer flowering border, pond area, Bog Garden, the largest Winter Garden of its kind in Europe, and Children’s Education Garden which was opened in 2006 by Sir David Attenborough.

Children under 17 come into the Gardens for FREE and will love not only exploring the Gardens but playing on the fantastic play features dotted around the Gardens. The amazing Tree House is a must to visit with its climbing wall, nets and slide. Children always have great fun walking along the wobbly bridge or relaxing in the Flying Carpet Swing not to mention running through the bamboo tunnels or playing ‘tunes’ with the bamboo chimes in the Education Garden .

With Events, Workshops and Exhibitions all year round there is so much to do at the Gardens . Events include - Art In the Garden sculpture exhibition where sculptures are displayed around the Gardens to Summer Evening Concerts with Fireworks. Workshops are great for learning a craft such as Painting, Photography or Jewellery Making and with our Art and Craft exhibitions that are free to walk around Sir Harold Hillier Gardens really is a great day out for all the family. 

Open all year bar Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Last entry one hour prior to closing.

Guide Prices

Price includes a voluntary donation to enable us to conserve, develop and exhibit our world renowned Gardens and plant collection - please become a Gift Aid Visitor today! (Prices are subject to change)


Provider Preferences

  • Countryside Setting
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • No dogs (Guide dogs accepted)
  • Wheelchair user accessible

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Children's Meals
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome
  • Highchair(s) available
  • Outdoor children’s play area

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles


  • Cafe
  • Catering for groups
  • Catering Provided
  • Full liquor licence
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area
  • Refreshments Available
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarians catered for

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 2-4 hours or more.
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • Min group size - 10.
  • Visa

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • Garden / Grounds for visitors use
  • Gift shop
  • Groups by arrangement
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Guided tours by arrangement
  • Licensed for alcohol
  • Licensed for weddings & ceremonies
  • Marquee Space Available
  • Meeting rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Open Christmas
  • Open New Year
  • Open on bank holidays
  • Special Opening for Groups by Arrangement
  • Toilets

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups
  • Family Fun
  • Information Point
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available


Map & Directions


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2017

Opening Times

Open New Year
Winter (1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00*
Summer (1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00*

* Open all year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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