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Waterperry Gardens

Opening Times

Open 10am – 5.30pm (5pm in winter) daily.

Waterperry Gardens have been delighting visitors for years with 8 acres of historic and inspirational gardens nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside.

The gardens feature a spectacular 200 foot herbaceous border along with rose and formal gardens, a lily canal and riverside walk.

The Plant Centre and Garden Shop stock everything you need for the gardening year.

The  Gallery and Gift Barn house beautiful artworks by British artists alongside home, outdoor living and gift ideas.

Waterperry’s Rural Life Museum is packed with quirky ephemera and the Saxon Church within the grounds is complete with its original 13th century stained glass windows.

No visit is complete without stopping at the Teashop serving hot and cold lunches, afternoon teas and some of the best cakes in the county!

Waterperry Gardens are just 7 miles from Oxford city centre.

The Gardens

  • Virgin’s Walk
  • Sebbs & Rock Gardens
  • Herbaceous Border
  • Islands Beds
  • Alpine Garden
  • Waterlily Canal and Miranda’s Border
  • The Formal Garden
  • Cordon Avenue & Pear Walk
  • Long Walk – Colour Borders
  • Mary Rose Garden
  • Riverside Walk
  • Saxifrage Collection

Childrens Play Area

The children’s play area is situated opposite site the Teashop.

Museum Of Rural Life

The Museum of Rural Life is situated in a 18th Century granary building and displays an impressive collection of ancient tools and implements. The museum also showcases the following:

  • Horse brasses, turrets, swingers, horse bells, shoes and bits
  • Old veterinary implements and relics from household kitchens
  • A unique collection of brass stamps
  • Traps and alarm guns
  • 70 different brass beer barrel bushes and unusual decorative skewers from the meat trade
  • Mediaeval pottery found on the Waterperry Estate.

Gallery

The Gallery  is located in a 18th century barn and offers affordable, contemporary art and craft.  The gallery especially focuses on showcasing British work, including more than 25 Oxfordshire-based artists.

The Gallery is open every day:

April – October 10:00am – 5.30pm

November – March 10:00am – 5.00pm

Teashop

The Teashop at Waterperry Gardens offers a relaxed and leisurely environment, a perfect place to enjoy one of the delightful pastries made with locally sourced ingredients. The Teashop also serves lunch as well as a variety of afternoon teas.

Shops

  • The plant centre, housed within the ancient walled garden offers plant connoisseurs and budding amateurs alike the chance to buy unusual varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants. They additionally sell pots, water features and garden furniture.
  • The Garden shop sells a wide range of bedding, herbs and vegetable plants in season and has a great range of garden sundries, tools, bulbs and seeds.
  • Gift Barn: Here you can find an assortment of home and garden accessories. The Gift Barn also offers lotions and potions, home fragrances, candles, fashion accessories, jewellery as well as stationery products, gift wraps and cards.
  • The Gallery at Waterperry: Here you will find beautiful artworks, textiles, ceramics, glassware and crafts from selected British artists.

Opening details

Waterperry Gardens are open all year round except between Christmas and New Year. Please check Waterperry Gardens website for full details.

The only charge at Waterperry is for access to the ornamental gardens. Admission charges go directly towards helping maintain and develop the gardens.

Please see waterperrygardens.co.uk for current garden entry costs.

Children 16 years and under go free.

Address:

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom

Events

March 2023

March 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

National Garden Scheme Open Gardens at Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10 – £16

Visit Waterperry Gardens for the National Garden Scheme Open Gardens on Sunday 12th March. £10.50 per adult, children 16 yrs and under free. You may buy your tickets on arrival at the gate with no need to prebook.

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April 2023

April 1 @ 10:00 am - April 16 @ 5:30 pm

Big Easter Bunny Hunt

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£3 – £10.50

Join the Big Easter Bunny Hunt around the ornamental gardens at Waterperry Gardens. £3.00 per child with a prize – children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies.

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May 2023

May 27 @ 10:00 am - June 4 @ 5:30 pm

Gnometastic

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£ per child plus accompanying adult paying normal garden entrance fee3

Half term fun at Waterperry Gardens. Help the gnomes in the gardens who have forgotten their names. Find all eight gnomes (and their names). £3.00 per child with a prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the normal garden entrance fee applies.

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June 2023

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rare Plant Fair

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10.50 – £16

The chance to browse stalls manned by experts specialising in both rare and traditional plants, all in the beautiful setting of Waterperry Gardens. You may buy your tickets on arrival at the gate with no need to prebook, Adult tickets £10.50 per adult, includes the Gardens and Fair; Children 16 years and under free.

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July 2023

July 15 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:30 pm

Summer Sculpture Trail

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£ per child plus normal entrance fee for accompanying adult4

Orienteering family fun during the summer holidays from 15 July through to the 3 September at Waterperry Gardens. Enjoy exploring the ornamental gardens, using directions and clues to follow the sculpture trail! £4.00 per child with a prize (compass supplied), tickets available from the Gift Barn. Children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the standard garden entrance fee applies.

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September 2023

September 2 @ 10:00 am - September 3 @ 5:30 pm

Waterperry House Open weekend

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10.50 – £16

A chance to meet the owners of Waterperry Estate, the School of Philosophy and Economic Science. Varied selection of lectures, talks and tours of the house and the ice-house throughout the weekend. Entry to the house included in your garden entry for this special weekend.

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September 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm

NGS Open Gardens at Waterperry Gardens

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£10.50 – £16

National Garden Scheme Open Gardens on Sunday 17th September, you can visit Waterperry Gardens to find out. £10.50 per adult, children 16 yrs and under free. You may buy your tickets on arrival at the gate with no need to prebook.

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October 2023

October 7 @ 10:00 am - October 8 @ 4:00 pm

Apple Weekend

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
See website for cost of tours.

A great family day out where you will be able to sample and buy many of Waterperry Gardens' different types of apples and juices. Advice and information will be available on the day. Buy goodies at the craft and food fair, take a tour of the orchards & fruit sheds (see their website for cost of tours).

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October 21 @ 10:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm

Halloween Hunt in the Gardens

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
£ per child plus accompanying adult paying normal garden entrance fee3

Take part in the Waterperry Halloween Hunt throughout the October half term. £3.00 per child with a prize (children must be accompanied by an adult for whom the garden entrance fee applies).

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November 2023

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grounddog Day

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry,
Wheatley, Oxfordshire (for Satnav please use postcode OX33 1LA) OX33 1JZ United Kingdom
See website for current garden entry costs.

Because of the high standards of horticulture Waterperry Gardens aspire to they don’t normally allow dog into the ornamental gardens, however, they know that dogs are a part of your family so for just one day this year dogs are allowed to go into the formal gardens to see what they are missing! (normal garden entrance fee applies) 10% of garden entries for the day will go to the Oxford Animal Sanctuary Just a few doggie do’s and don’ts –…

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