Explore the wonderful Alice in Wonderland Garden featuring the 'Smoking Caterpillar' and all the other magical gardens. Outdoor family fun in Herefordshire!
Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LU
Animals, Birthdays, Gardens and Open Spaces, Outdoor Activities, Theatre and Entertainment
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 3s free))
Take the family to explore over 12 amazing themed gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory in Herefordshire. From Africa to Italy, these three-acre gardens lead visitors around the world and on into a captivating fantasy world. It’s a wonderful day out in the West Midlands with something to interest all ages, from toddlers to grandparents.
One of the highlights for children is likely to be the Alice in Wonderland Garden complete with ’Smoking Caterpillar’. The clouds of smoke emanating from his mouth and hookah ensure you won’t miss him. In the African Jungle you can venture along the tree-top walkway, walk behind the water cascade and relish the lush tropical planting. Find yourself face to face with a grounded galleon in the Pirate Garden and dodge the water jets of the Triton Pool. In the wisteria you’ll spy a flamingo!
Meanwhile, the lovely Italian Piazza features a church and bell tower along with conifers under-planted with lavender. You’ll pass Toad Hall in the Willow Garden before you reach the Gunnera Maze. Do be careful not to disturb the garden’s resident dragon, Edwina, if you are lucky enough to find your way out of the maze. See Claude Monet’s painting The Japanese Footbridge brought to life, but with a twist. Visitors will actually be able to walk into the painting. Then, for a peaceful moment, head to the tranquil Japanese Garden with trickling tree waterlily pool and tea house.
Finally, before you leave, treat the family in Ralph Court Restaurant offering a standard menu and a large selection of daily specials. Choose from beef casserole, Sunday roasts, homemade soup, delicious cakes, homemade soup and more. There is a varied programme of events including theatre performances, National Garden Scheme openings, plant fairs and more.
Ralph Court Gardens is just a couple of miles from Bromyard, on the B4214 road to Tenbury Wells. Follow the sign for Edwyn Ralph Church and the Gardens are the first on the right.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am-5pm
£6 children aged 3-16 years
Free for under 3s
£28 family ticket
Please see www.ralphcourtgardens.co.uk to find out more.