‘A miniature world, dotted with follies as absurdly pretty as illustrations in a fairy tale.’ The Guardian

Swiss Garden

Adjacent to the aerodrome that houses the Collection, the Swiss Garden is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style.

It is a peaceful, tranquil space, and one which has new vistas revealed at every turn. Within the garden are 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and resident peacock. It’s a delight to explore and recent restoration work in 2014 has ensured it has accessibility for all visitors.

Resident in the garden is one delightful peacock, and ducklings can be seen swimming on the ponds in Spring. During school holidays workshops and activity trails for children are available, and events such as outdoor theatre take place every year and can be booked online. Please visit our events page for all available activities and events.

Seasonal trails run throughout the year, with a sculpture trail all year round.

You can download a map of the Swiss Garden in PDF format or pick one up upon arrival.

For opening times and Shuttleworth site information please see Plan Your Visit. Please note that during Winter hours the Swiss Garden and Woodland may shut earlier than 16.00 on days where there are low light levels.

The Swiss Garden is on the Candide Gardening app.

The listed features

The Swiss Garden has thirteen listed features of special interest:

  • North Bridge (Cato & Sons) Grade II*
  • Moat Bridge (Cato & Sons) Grade II*
  • Pond Cascade Bridge (Clayton & Shuttleworth) Grade II*
  • Rose Bowers (Cato & Sons) Grade II
  • Woodland Gate & Screen – Grade II
  • Grotto & Fernery – Grade II*
  • Swiss Cottage – Grade II*
  • Indian Kiosk – Grade II*
  • Privy – Grade II
  • Underpass – Grade II
  • Forgotten One Tablet – Grade II
  • Marble Wellhead – Grade II
  • Night & Morning Vase – Grade II

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The Friends of Swiss Garden

The Friends of The Swiss Garden play an important part in the life of the garden, and enjoy an excellent range of benefits; joining the Friends will put you at the heart of events at the Swiss Garden.

Become a Friend

The Friends’ main aims are to preserve, improve and promote the Swiss Garden for the education and enjoyment of the public. For more details of benefits and membership rates download the application form and join today.