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Swiss Garden

Old Warden Village, Biggleswade SG18 9ER, England
+44 1767 627666
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Swiss Garden is a late Regency, nine acre garden, which is adjacent to the Shuttleworth Collection. The garden was created by the third Lord Ongley between 1820 and 1835, and is laid out in the romantic and Swiss picturesque style.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Spent a pleasant couple of hours there after the refurbishment after a last visit back in the 80's, so quite a change. The paths are good and very wheelchair friendly. The planting is still in its early stages and will need to mature for a few years before it achieves the wow factor. I did notice in some areas a... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
43 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Had a lovely sunny afternoon visit to the Swiss Garden. Took 85 yr old Mum so was pleased when the staff offered me a complimentary wheelchair. The gardens are looking nice but couldn't access the whole sculpture trail which disappointed the boys. Lots of beautiful flowers and plants but only a few trees and recently planted rockery plants were actually... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

The Swiss Garden at Old Warden is a beautiful place and it has recently had a substantial make over with Lottery funding. This was our first visit since renovation As with all changes to garden infrastructure, the plants need to become established before they become a garden again rather than a building site. The substantial amount of work done is... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We visited the gardens in combination with the Shuttleworth Collection (the combined admission fee was very reasonable). We had last visited the gardens about seven years ago, when we were somewhat disappointed by their neglected state. We had heard the gardens had been restored and given Heritage Lottery Funding and, to our delight, they have done a super job. The... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

First visit to Swiss Garden since it re-opened. The buildings, ponds and ironwork have been very well restored and are a great improvement on the previous state. The gardens are, however, quite a disappointment from a scenic point of view. There was an overall feeling of greenness to the garden and very little colour. Clearly the Rhododendrons will be good... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

What can I say, this was a very very beautiful garden. Well defined paths to guide you around, one very helpful and friendly lady staff member. A visit is a a must to fully appreciate and find out the history. Our son loved the peacocks, we all had a very enjoyable time here. One of the best places we have... More

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Hertford, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
49 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Swiss garden has opened again in the last month after extensive restoration with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It has been extremely well done and we shall be going back in a few years when the new planting has matured. There is plenty to see now, however, with lovely vistas and quirky buildings. The ponds are clear and... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Wanted to visit last year but were shut due to being refurbished so when found out they had re opened couldn't wait to go along.. I went with my two children and we enjoyed a lovely peaceful walk around. They could wonder freely as were safe. They enjoyed seeing the peacocks strolling around and the ducks on the pond. It... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Having read of the re-opening of the Swiss Garden we visited 11 days later and enjoyed a pleasant stroll around the restored and revitalised garden. As someone has already commented, it is still a work in progress, but what garden isn't? I hope there is a team of gardeners to continue this - we only saw one whilst we were... More

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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

After months of waiting for the gardens to reopen it was well worth the visit. All the follies are beautiful and very well restored. Disappointed that the picnic area round the lake is still shut though. Our 3 yr old loved all the bridges and sculptures.

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