Famous and award-winning gardens with breath-taking displays year-round, as well as lots of children's activities and entertainment.
Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 0QA
Tel: 01794 369318
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Outdoor Activities
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
For a wonderful day out that has something for every member of the family, plan a visit to the famous and award-winning Sir Harold Hillier Gardens near Romsey. These 180 acre much-loved gardens, run as a charity, provide breath-taking beauty and tranquillity throughout the seasons and are very popular with families.
Almost 25 species of butterfly have been recorded within the Gardens due to the availability of nectar from a wide range of native and none native cultivated plants, the wild flower meadows and the close proximity of the butterfly rich Ampfield Wood. Look out for lots of fascinating butterflies in the summer months. Do not forget to take your binoculars with you if you want to also get a closer look at the over 80 species of wonderful birds.
The Gardens are beautiful all year round, with lots of diverse plantings, such as the Heather Garden, the Winter Garden and The Bog Garden. There is a beautiful pond, a Hydrangea Walk, Rhododendron Woodland, as well as many more interesting areas to enjoy. Children will have lots of outdoor fun climbing the fantastic tree house, jumping across the wobbly bridge, weaving through the bamboo tunnels, attempting the Super Snake swing, trying out the wooden obstacle course and on the Flying Carpet swing, as well as looking out for fish and ducks in the pond.
The Children’s Education Garden encourages discovery of the natural environment in a fun way. Look out for the delightful pigs foraging in the woods! The excellent facilities at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens include the historical Jermyn’s House, which is now home to the tea-room, the Pavilion Restaurant, free car parking, a gift shop, countless buggy friendly pathways, art exhibitions, workshops, musical events and guided tours.
There is a lively programme of children’s activities, particularly during school holidays including Pond Dipping, themed trails, Bushcraft and Archaeology sessions.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated daily and most attractions are closed. Feel free to browse for future trips. Let’s Go with the Children is still open and are here to help and support families with ideas and information to keep you safe and your kids entertained at home.