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“Something to please all age groups and take a camera!”

Dewstow Gardens & Hidden Grottoes
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Caerwent
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Dewstow Gardens are Grottoes are recently discovered gardens built in the 1890's. buried in the 1950's and rediscovered and escavated in 2000. We are now open for the summer months and welcome visitors of all ages including pre-booked coach parties. Please check out our website for further details.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed June 2, 2014

Dewstow Gardens is a lovely day out and should please all ages. The gardens are stunningly beautiful and involve little meandering paths, hidden waterfalls, flower beds and ornamental fountains. The underground gardens are unique and our children loved entering the dark caves to find a little Oasis complete with goldfish underneath the lawns.

On a good day, you could take endless beautiful photographs and it was great to let the kids run off and let off steam. It just goes to prove that you don't always need to add a children's playground to an attraction!

Facilities wise- there is a pleasant tea room with indoor and outdoor seating and clean toilets near the reception desk.

I liked that it was free for children under ten, although its worth mentioning that not all parts of the gardens are pushchair or wheelchair friendly. This is not the fault of the site managers but rather because the gardens were designed in Victorian times and parts of it would be impossible to adapt. It's still worth going though as you can see a fair bit.

Overall, it's a lovely day out and one that could please little children and grandparents at the same time.

Thank TheWanderingWoman
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

Spent a wonderful afternoon here with my best friend and her little girl, who had a blast. The hidden tunnels and grottoes are like a little adventure for kids. There is a fairy trail too. We were sad when we had to leave. Might get tricky for people who are prone to falls, as some of the rocks etc. felt a bit slippery underfoot, but then we did visit when it had been raining. Well worth a visit and did not mind paying the entrance fee as this place must need so much upkeep.

1  Thank Abbie S
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

This place has been on our 'to see' list for over a year, even though we live only half an hour away. We finally got around to visiting on Bank Holiday Monday and I can't believe we waited so long.

Lovely gardens with lots to explore and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the views while the kids wandered through the tunnels and grottos, playing hide and seek and doing the treasure hunt activity sheet.

The staff were friendly and the cake in the cafe was extremely tasty.

Recommended. We'll definitely be back.

Note: The road from Caerwent is currently closed (May 14) so we came via Caldicot.

1  Thank Matt R
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Reviewed May 23, 2014

What a gem. an oasis from the modern world.super gardens and landscaping. We went on sunny afternoon in early May and had lovely relaxing walk and took some great photographs, Will certainly return with the grandchildren for a picnic.

1  Thank Sharman D
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Reviewed May 19, 2014

What a truly wonderful place. We finished the South West Midlands mx5 owners club monthly drive at Dewstow. We were blessed by wonderful weather made all the better once we arrived at Dewstow. The gardens were excellent and walking past all that running water on a hot May day was like being in fairy land. Well worth the visit. We walked around for over an hour and wished we had more time to stay longer.

1  Thank malfishing47
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