Wollerton Old Hall Garden

Friday, 2 October 2020

Wollerton Old Hall Garden 

On a sunny Sunday last weekend I had the fortune of getting to visit Wollerton Old Hall Garden based in Market Drayton in Shropshire. I hadn't heard of the gardens before and like many of us I am sure I have been searching around my local area for new ideas for day trips or days out. 

We were fortunate to be able to visit at such short notice as the gardens are private but open to the public on select days throughout the year, see their website for more information on this. The gardens are set around a 16th Century hall and feature a variety of plant combinations including David Austin Roses.

The garden itself reminded me of one of my favourite childhood films 'The Secret Garden' with lots of intersecting pathways which often felt mazelike, wonderful flower arrangements bursting with colour, water features adding a relaxing touch and hidden benches in every area that you could sit on and admire the garden from all angles.

The garden also features a tea room selling food, cakes and scones. Me and my friend of course had to try the cake while visiting it would have been rude not to. Side note you had to wear a mask into the tea room and only one bubble was allowed at the till at a time, once sitting down at your table you could remove your mask.

Now I know what you are wondering in the current situation what are the restrictions due to Covid-19? Well we had to book our tickets for our time slot before our arrival, a ticket for entry is £8, you then had to ensure you arrived just before your time slot and the time slots for each visit lasted 2 hours. There is no one way system in the garden if you visit you will see why this would be impossible but there is plenty of room to walk around without fear of getting crowded or being in anybody's personal space. They have also blocked off benches on certain paths these you cannot sit on as it would be impossible to social distance from anyone walking past.

While we were visiting we didn't find issue with any of this and had a nice relaxed visit, we picked a fantastic day for it with the sun shining down and the flowers still in full bloom. It truly was a beautiful garden and you can see that a lot of love and care goes into keeping the garden looking so beautiful, I don't even feel my photos do it justice.

Overall I feel this is one of the most enchanting gardens that I have visited -probably heightened by my nostalgia for The Secret Garden- and I would love to visit again at a different time of year when they will have different flowering plants in bloom.

Have you ever visited Wollerton Old Hall Garden? What was your experience like?

Thanks for Reading!

Please note I have not been paid to write this post and I paid for my own entry, this post is purely informing you of the gardens that you may not be aware of and sharing the time I had while on this trip out.

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