There is restricted access to the main house due to essential maintenance work taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The vast remains of this palatial 19th century mansion, surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens & containing huge stone fountains, provide a great day out in Worcestershire. The largest fountain, representing Perseus and Andromeda and now restored - was described in its day as making the 'noise of an express train' when fired.
Before 1846, when William Humble Ward (later first Earl of Dudley) inherited Witley Court, the land surrounding the house was laid out in the 18th century English landscape style. William Andrews Nesfield was called in to transform the estate, creating the South Parterre with its great fountain, elegantly designed planting and clipped evergreens and shrubs.
Following the disastrous fire in 1937 the Witley Estate fell into long decline. English Heritage has restored the south garden and in addition, Wolfson Foundation funding has assisted with major restoration works in the East Parterre garden. This funding has also enabled us to plan development of the formal gardens based on the original Nesfield designs. The Woodland Walks in the North Park pass many different species of tree and shrub from all over the world.
Attached to Witley Court is Great Witley Church, with its amazing Italianate Baroque interior (not managed by English Heritage). The church has a tearoom, and Witley Court has a superb gift shop.
The restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain, with its original high cascades operating, will be firing between April and October on weekdays at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and at weekends on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm.
Wilderness Play Area
One of the country's top play area designers, William Hardie, has been hard at work at Witley Court, and now visitors of all ages are able to explore the new Wilderness Play Area which includes a treehouse, adventure trail and more.
Already home to a wide range of wild flowers and minibeasts, Witley Court's new play area is designed to provide adventure play themed around the wilderness garden in which it sits. With a treehouse inspired by a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and even a grass-covered amphitheatre - perfect for family picnics, the new play area located near to the Visitor Centre is already a huge hit with visitors of all ages.
- The Wilderness Play Area for children of all ages to explore
- The rustic Victorian Boathouse
- The stunning Perseus and Andromeda fountain
- Our audio tour that brings the court to life
- A visit to the superb parish church nearby
- The beautifully restored East Parterre garden
Before You Arrive
Events At Witley Court and Gardens
Mon 04 - Fri 08 Aug 2014
It's playtime at Witley! Take a hop, skip and a jump back in time and discover the best bits of a Victorian childhood. With a treasure-trove of traditional toys and games to discover, at our Victorian Playtime.
Swords and Sabres
Mon 11 - Fri 15 Aug 2014
Huzzah! Stand guard for a week of derring-do and vintage combat. Try your hand at the tricks of 19th century self-defence, be amazed by tales of fearsome battles
Reading, Writing and Rebellion
Mon 18 - Fri 22 Aug 2014
Rewrite the three 'R's, as we take a fun look back at life in a Victorian schoolroom. Be put through your paces by our Victorian schoolmaster