Hill Close Gardens

A delightful network of individual Victorian gardens. 

Bread and Meat Cl
CV34 6HF
Tel: +44 (0)1926 493339
E-mail: centremanager@hcgt.org.uk
Website: www.hillclosegardens.com


This little window into our gardening past was only re-discovered in 1993 long since gardens of this type had disappeared and almost been completely forgotten. In Victorian times, nearly every town had groups of detached gardens like these created on the outskirts for the use of people living above their businesses in the crowded town centre. When work was over, they could slip down one of the paths between high holly and hawthorn hedges and unlock a gate leading into their own garden.

The garden sloped down to the common and most of them had a summer house and a fine view. What distinguished these gardens from allotments was not merely their privacy and the buildings, but the fact that they were used for pleasure as well as produce.

This delightful network of individual Victorian gardens separated by high hedges was restored using Heritage Lottery funding in 2005-2006. Delightful summerhouses, gnarled old fruit trees, and heritage flowers and vegetables welcome the visitor to this tranquil spot.

Buy plants and historic varieties of fruit and vegetables in season. Enjoy tea, coffee and cake in the “sustainable” visitor centre. View the changing displays. Gifts for sale. Venue hire available.


Adults £6.00; Children 5-17yrs £1; Children under 5 yrs free. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs are allowed in the gardens on a short lead.  Assistance dogs are allowed in the Visitor Centre.
Free admission for HCG Members; also RHS members with occasional exceptions for special events and tours.

Opening Times

Winter opening hours
10th October 2023 to 31st March 2024, and 14th October to 14th December 2024
Gardens – Open Tue – Sat
11 am – 4 pm
Last Gardens entry, 3.30 pm
Closed Sun and Mon
Tearoom – Closed

Summer opening hours
1st April 2024 to 13th October 2024
Open Every Day
11 am – 5 pm
Last Gardens entry, 4.30 pm
Tearoom – Open Weekends and Bank Holidays

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