Things to see and do

 
The ruins of Witley Court

A Romantic Ruin

Walk up the sweeping driveway to the spectacular ruins of Witley Court and imagine a bygone era of decadent house parties, balls and concerts.

In the 1890s fashionable society flocked to Witley Court, including one frequent royal visitor, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII.

Take in the impressive architecture and see the charred timbers from the disastrous fire which ripped through the court in 1937, destroying one of England's greatest country houses.

Garden at Witley Court

Glorious Gardens

Wander through the intricately designed parterres, vibrant flower beds, ornate terraces and pavilions which make up the magnificently landscaped gardens of Witley Court. Today garden lovers can enjoy the beautifully restored East Parterre garden complete with topiary and colourful planting. There is something to enjoy in the garden in every season.

Not to be missed is the spectacular Perseus and Andromeda fountain 'firing' as it comes to life - once said to make the noise of an express train . Following a seven month conservation project the fountain has now been fully restored and will be firing every day from April to the end of October. 

A girl enjoys the slide in Witley's play area

Wilderness Play Area

Home to a wide range of flowers and mini beasts, the wooden play area provides a fun and challenging space for adventurous children of all ages.

Inspired by the surrounding wilderness, there's a tree-house shaped like a seed pod, outdoor musical instruments and even a grass-covered amphitheatre.  Braver explorers can tackle the wobbly bridge, scramble nets and slide.

Perfect for family picnics the play area is located near the visitor centre and is a huge hit with visitors of all ages. Find out more about family visits to Witley.

Black and white photograph of Witley Court residents

Behind the Scenes

Pick up a free audio guide and bring Witley to life with stories of past residents.

Re-live the extravagant lifestyle of the Foley and Dudley families who owned this classic example of a great Victorian country house.

Follow in the footsteps of the butler and other servants, and wander through the labyrinth of small rooms and passageways.

Bridge in the woodland at Witley Court

Woodland Walks

Explore the winding woodland paths of Witley's vast parkland and wonder at the many different species of trees and shrubs from all over the world. The rhododendron collection is particularly impressive.

Follow the path beside the lake and look out for the rustic Victorian boathouse.  If you are lucky you may even catch a glimpse of a great crested grebe fishing for his supper. Just one of the many beautiful birds which make up Witley's varied wildlife.

Tree-lined path leads to the church at Witley Court

Great Witley Church

Extend your visit and wander over to see Great Witley Church. The parish church of St Michael and All Angels which is attached to Witley Court.

Untouched by the fire of 1937 this delightful church with its amazing Italianate Baroque interior, is a must-see for any visitor.

(Please note Great Witley Church is not managed by English Heritage)

Some of the English Heritage jams on offer in our shop

Shop

Come and browse heritage-inspired gifts, traditional children's toys and souvenirs.

Sample our wide selection of wines, chutneys and jams or pick up information on our events and other English Heritage properties.

Why not also shop online before or after your visit? 

Some of the cakes served in our cafe

Tempting Treats

Enjoy a selection of light refreshments including hot and cold drinks and snacks from our visitor centre.

There is also an independent tearoom serving delicious light lunches and cakes. The tearoom is open daily from April to October, and from November to Easter it opens Wed - Fri, 9am - 3pm and weekends 11am - 4pm. (Please note, the tearoom is not managed by English Heritage and opening times can differ to those of Witley Court).

Plan your visit to Witley Court and Gardens.

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