Hill Close Gardens
Hill Close Gardens
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Hill Close Gardens are a rare and unique example of Victorian detached leisure/pleasure gardens. Once used by townsfolk who lived above their businesses and wanted to escape from the crowded town centre. Owners and tenants came here after work or on Sundays to tend their flowers, fruit and vegetables or to relax. These gardens have been fully restored to their original charm and boasts a visitor centre that can be hired out and is used as a tearoom on weekends and bank holidays through the summer months. The gardens are open all year during weekdays. Plant / produce / gift sales. Special events are put on throughout the year. Come along and step back in time.
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  • Jillian S
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    A must visit, and a repeat visit over the year.
    I wish I'd taken photos this time, my second visit. We went as two couples and treated ourselves to the cream tea. Beautiful scones, just the right amount of jam and cream. Served up by the lovely May. Everyone of the volunteers I've met here are lovely, so enthusiastic about this gem of victorian life. They've fought hard to keep the gardens from being developed and preserved some insightful history. A fabulous variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers, with most gardens having a brick summerhouse. I wish I lived a little closer to be able to volunteer myself. Please visit for yourselves and enjoy a peaceful glimpse into the past.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Carol B
    Birmingham, United Kingdom6,962 contributions
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    APPLE DAY, MUSIC & COUNTRY FAIR AT HILL CLOSE GARDENS
    Sunday 8th October 2023, My husband and I awoke to a lovely warm and sunny day. We picked up our friend Susan in the car to go to the Apply Day & Country Fair at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick. We went here in 2022, and it was a fabulous day out, so we decided to come again this year. Hill Close Gardens are rare survivors of Victorian detached gardens (once found in many urban areas) used by townsfolk who lived about their businesses in the town centre and had nowhere to grow flowers, fruit or vegetables in their small backyards. In the early 1990’s, a local resident alerted the neighbourhood that diggers were moving in and that was the start of the rescue of Hill Close Gardens, with one of the deciding factors being the designations of four summer houses as Grade 2 listed buildings. The site was then listed later that year and preserved for the nation. We arrived and parked our car in the pay & display car park. We then entered the gardens and looked at all the lovely country fair stalls. There were arts and crafts, food and drinks, wrought iron ware, natural beauty products, and displays of weaving and spinning as well as growing and cultivating apple trees. My husband purchased a pot of honey from a local bee keeper. Susan purchased some hand-made cards and a picture of a black cat which reminded her of her old cat ‘Minnie’. We also purchased apples which had grown in the gardens, these were lovely old fashion varieties with wonderful smells and delicious to eat. After wandering around the stalls, my husband, Susan and I then strolled around these lovely gardens with their lovely old fashioned plants and herbs with wonderful old fashioned apple and pear trees. This year there was music in the gardens. There was a lovely ‘Jazz Band’, which played for two hours and was a pleasure to sit and listen too. There was also ‘Tibetan’ Gong music, which was amazing and spoke to your soul. It inspired me to write a poem called ‘Warrior of Light’. We took loads of lovely photographs as we walked round and rested in the summer houses and on benches overlooking the gardens. We had a wonderful day and hope this lovely day will happen in 2024.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
  • Mary W
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely peaceful varied gardens within walking distance of town centre.
    Lovely peaceful gardens, and fascinating to learn something of the people who cultivated them over the years, in some cases keeping pigs as well ( no pigs today!) and quite elaborate summerhouses, some with a fireplace. The gardens were rented or bought mostly by shopkeepers in Warwick who had no space by their houses. The gardens were varied and, a bonus, there were interesting plants for sale. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. Wish I lived nearer, I would go more often. So good these have been preserved and not built over.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2024
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Papaglowing
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
A friendlier approach would help. It was difficult to find. Looked like scrubland and the man in charge was both cheerless and charmless. Historically the garden is interesting and is of a rarity. It is run by volunteers who clearly haven't been turning up. A geest let down. Sad
Written September 4, 2020
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Many thanks for your visit in these very trying times. Covid19 has had a huge effect on volunteers and confidence. Sadly we lost a few and it is only recently that volunteers are able to come back. Hopefully if you do come back you will see that the gardens are back to their best and a lot more cheer will be available now that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.
Written June 15, 2022
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK6,962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Sunday 8th October 2023, My husband and I awoke to a lovely warm and sunny day. We picked up our friend Susan in the car to go to the Apply Day & Country Fair at Hill Close Gardens in Warwick. We went here in 2022, and it was a fabulous day out, so we decided to come again this year.

Hill Close Gardens are rare survivors of Victorian detached gardens (once found in many urban areas) used by townsfolk who lived about their businesses in the town centre and had nowhere to grow flowers, fruit or vegetables in their small backyards.

In the early 1990’s, a local resident alerted the neighbourhood that diggers were moving in and that was the start of the rescue of Hill Close Gardens, with one of the deciding factors being the designations of four summer houses as Grade 2 listed buildings. The site was then listed later that year and preserved for the nation.

We arrived and parked our car in the pay & display car park. We then entered the gardens and looked at all the lovely country fair stalls. There were arts and crafts, food and drinks, wrought iron ware, natural beauty products, and displays of weaving and spinning as well as growing and cultivating apple trees.

My husband purchased a pot of honey from a local bee keeper. Susan purchased some hand-made cards and a picture of a black cat which reminded her of her old cat ‘Minnie’. We also purchased apples which had grown in the gardens, these were lovely old fashion varieties with wonderful smells and delicious to eat.

After wandering around the stalls, my husband, Susan and I then strolled around these lovely gardens with their lovely old fashioned plants and herbs with wonderful old fashioned apple and pear trees.

This year there was music in the gardens. There was a lovely ‘Jazz Band’, which played for two hours and was a pleasure to sit and listen too. There was also ‘Tibetan’ Gong music, which was amazing and spoke to your soul. It inspired me to write a poem called ‘Warrior of Light’.

We took loads of lovely photographs as we walked round and rested in the summer houses and on benches overlooking the gardens.

We had a wonderful day and hope this lovely day will happen in 2024.
Written October 10, 2023
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Jillian S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
I wish I'd taken photos this time, my second visit. We went as two couples and treated ourselves to the cream tea. Beautiful scones, just the right amount of jam and cream. Served up by the lovely May. Everyone of the volunteers I've met here are lovely, so enthusiastic about this gem of victorian life. They've fought hard to keep the gardens from being developed and preserved some insightful history. A fabulous variety of fruit, vegetables and flowers, with most gardens having a brick summerhouse. I wish I lived a little closer to be able to volunteer myself. Please visit for yourselves and enjoy a peaceful glimpse into the past.
Written September 3, 2023
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Shirley E
Dronfield, UK397 contributions
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Mar 2022
I just spotted this from the road so called in, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a patch of allotments that are now kept by volunteers. They are Victorian and it was lovely to wander around them and look at the plants and the best but was the summerhouses and garden huts. I got lots of ideas for my own garden. There are also plants on sale and a small cafe. Worth a visit.
Written March 31, 2022
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Many thanks for your review - it is really good to hear you enjoyed all that we offer here.
Written June 15, 2022
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MsEJH
Birmingham, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
What a fabulous place. I've been meaning to come since seeing it on the local news a while back and was so pleased it was open on the day of the Commonwealth Cycling Road Races, which we'd come to Warwick to watch. We spent a couple of hours there and almost had the place to ourselves. If I lived in Warwick, I'd be here every week. It's such an oasis. Just beautiful.
The cafe served good tea and cake, and had a lovely outlook over one of the garden plots.
I'd really like to see the gardens as the seasons go by, so we'll definitely be back again a few times.
Written August 7, 2022
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Mary W
UK4 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Lovely peaceful gardens, and fascinating to learn something of the people who cultivated them over the years, in some cases keeping pigs as well ( no pigs today!) and quite elaborate summerhouses, some with a fireplace. The gardens were rented or bought mostly by shopkeepers in Warwick who had no space by their houses. The gardens were varied and, a bonus, there were interesting plants for sale. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. Wish I lived nearer, I would go more often. So good these have been preserved and not built over.
Written May 29, 2024
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paradiselost38
Keele, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
A most unusual group of gardens, almost allotments, used for over a century by local people for gardening and relaxation on the edge of Warwick beside the racecourse. A fascinating historic survival. Tea room and museum. Public car park adjacent, ten minute walk into Warwick town centre.
Written May 1, 2023
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Jason P
Bognor Regis, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Friends
I can honestly say that a visit to these gardens is one that will bring surprise.

I don't want to give too much away, as I really think it is a place that you need to discover for yourself, but I will say that it an effort worth making and one that you will want to make more than once.

The site comprises of several different plots, each of which has a different look and feel to it. Some of the plots even have summer houses (of brick and wood construction) that additional displays in that compliment the gardens and the history of them.

There is greenhouse on site that grows plants for sale as well as a cafe that sells lovely cakes, and small gift shop that it stocked with lovely and appropriator items for such an attraction.

They also hold themed events throughout the year, so it it worth checking out their website (www.hillclosegardens.com) before you plan your visit.

I plan to go back in each of the season to see how the gardens change, and next time will be taking along a friend for their 'first time' visit.
Written April 23, 2014
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TillerSlave
Birmingham, UK172 contributions
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http://www.hillclosegardens.com/index.html

Very unusual series of small formal garden plots , recently restored , where the good folk of Warwick used to come and sit in their own green space.

1 of only 4 of this type of gardens in the UK and the only one open to the public.

In the centre of Warwick overlooking the racecourse.

Run by volunteers, Hill Close Gardens are a real tranquil green space and of great interest to gardeners.

Open Friday to Sunday.

Lots of special events, i.e. apple day , snow drop day.

Special trails for children.
Written April 21, 2009
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YunziesTravels
London, UK162 contributions
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Jul 2016 • Solo
Benjamin Chadband had organic gardening and food miles sewn up long before the concepts even existed. The Victorian confectioner and pork pie maker had a plot near his town centre shop that provided a retreat from the counter and meat for his customers. His slice of this communal hedged leisure garden, which was built on a gentle hill, had a summer house, cucumber frame and an abundance of rose, blackberry and gooseberry bushes and apple, quince and pea trees. Sties housed pigs destined for the pies and sausages on offer a few minutes’ walk away at 12 Swan Street. Mr Chadband achieved a degree of fame when his surname was noted by Charles Dickens on a visit to Warwick, possibly when he passed or visited the ‘celebrated pork pie establishment’, and used for a character in his novel Bleak House. The trader took up the lease in 1870, buying the freehold three years later as he cemented his place among the townsfolk who lacked gardens but needed an escape in an era of industrialisation that quickened the pace of life even in a Warwickshire market town.

The plot remained in the family until 1958 and in more recent times was rejuvenated by the late George Mills, a prize-winning grower and one of the saviours of Hill Close Gardens who helped save the site from the bulldozers. Thanks largely to the efforts of Mr Mills, the renewed patch has the distinction of being the only one on the site in continuous use since Victorian times.

I first stepped inside Hill Gardens wanting a breather from my garden-less flat, re-adjusting my eyes after long hours staring into computer monitors. Each time I returned I stripped away a new layer of detail, until I discovered the story of the pork butcher and his fertile growing patch.

Little bigger than a couple of football pitches, the clutch of ‘detached’ gardens came so close to being demolished that at one point a bulldozer was on the site devouring the soil. Reopened in 2007, an exceptional level of detail can be found in plots still walled, fenced or hedged in around their original square borders. Venerable apple trees – survivors from Victorian times including a Laxton’s Superb developed around a decade after Mr Chadband took up his plot – give way to jostling flower beds and rising green stalks. Bees hum amid the lavender and apples tumble into old pig sties.
The concerted restoration drive has resulted in a deep trove of plant life and social history, with some of the rusted Victoriana on display having been literally pulled from the earth.

Each month notes are provided to identify plants such as purple Dierama, also known as angel’s fishing rod, and Miss Willmot’s ghost – named after the flower’s champion who secretly scattered the seeds in other people’s gardens. One plot has a faint Middle-earth feel, with withered, overhanging branches, carved wood furniture and an elevated summerhouse. Elsewhere, features including a flower pot man in a scarf and a sun dial lie amid greenhouses and variously blossoming flower beds. The summer houses unlock the hillside views, tools and comforts of Mr Chadband’s age, right down to the decorative seashells and teapots resting patiently on fireplaces.

The staff and volunteer team has researched and added histories of the plots and you can take a look at the photographs and timelines with tea and cake in the cafe.

Mr Chadband’s former plot has a potting shed with information about the history of the garden, while outside visitors stroll amid strawberry patches, African marigolds, climbing French beans, yellow scallop squash and blackcurrant Wellington. The pork pie shop closed in 2006 but, in one humble corner of Warwickshire at least, his legacy will remain for some time to come.
Written August 29, 2016
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