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
Half Term Fun
Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov
Join in the fun this October half term and enjoy taking part in our hands-on activities.
Fri 14 Nov 2014
Join us for an access all areas tour and unlock the secrets of Witley's partying past as you explore parts of the Court seldom open to visitors.
Christmas Wreath Making
Fri 12 Dec 2014
Get ready for the festive season with our Christmas wreath making workshop. Led by our expert, learn about the different techniques used to make a wreath. Get creative and make something special to take home with you.