Sunday 7 June 2015 is our Airshow featuring the LAA. Ticket includes the price of the Collection and Swiss Garden admission but please note there is no normal day entry rate (to either the Swiss Garden or the Collection) or access to the Play Area, Restaurant or Gift shop without an event ticket. Vehicle entry to the site will be via the Brick Aeroplane gate. Gates open at 9.00.

To visit on Sunday 7 June you must have either purchased an event ticket in advance online or buy one on the gate.



Having just reopened after a £3.5m restoration, this is the perfect time to discover a garden that truly deserves the title of ‘hidden gem’.

Almost 200 years ago, Lord Robert Henley Ongley transformed a boggy brickfield into a romantic garden. Dotted with small buildings and features, this was a private pleasure garden for sanctuary and for show.

In the 1870s, the new owner, Joseph Shuttleworth, added a few Victorian flourishes of his own while retaining the original layout.



Today, it is an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style. With new vistas revealed at every turn, 13 listed structures, an adjacent woodland sculpture trail and three resident peacocks, the Swiss Garden is a delight to explore.

To enhance your visit, we’ve created audio guides, maps, trails plus spotter guides and quizzes for families. You’ll find more details on our Plan your visit page.


Designated parking for blue badge holders is provided close to the Visitor Centre entrance. There is level access from the car park areas to the Shuttleworth Visitor Centre. The Visitor Centre provides level access to a Restaurant and the entrance to the Swiss Garden. Audio guides are available from the Visitor Centre to provide a spoken guide to the Swiss Garden. Necklace Loops are available with the audio guide and these can be used by visitors who use hearing aids. The pathways in the Swiss Garden are firm and even, with minimal gradients, and most are suitable for access by wheelchair users. A small number of paths in the garden cannot be made accessible to wheelchair users due to the steep contours of the garden, however, where the original garden paths are not accessible to wheelchair users, alternative accessible routes have been provided. A printed map of the Swiss Garden is available and this shows the alternative accessible routes. The paths have regular passing places so that wheelchair users can easily pass. Some Garden features and buildings are preserved in, or restored to, their original state, and consequently may not be directly accessible to wheelchair users and people that are unable to negotiate one or two steps. However, the Grotto and Fernery, and the Garden Room are accessible to all. Seating is provided around the Garden for people who may wish to rest. Volunteer staff are available to provide assistance for people who may require it.

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