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Waterperry Gardens – an inspirational day out.

Waterperry Gardens is just 7 miles from historic Oxford – the perfect stop for garden lovers.  Established by Beatrix Havergal in the 1930’s, the 8 acre ornamental gardens at Waterperry are home to one of the country’s most beautiful herbaceous borders. Also don’t miss the formal knot and rose gardens, spectacular white and lavender wisteria arch, water lily canal, alpine garden and riverside walk.


While the gardens provide an oasis of calm and beauty, the Gallery, Gift Barn and Potting Shed are a shopper’s delight, featuring beautiful, affordable works of art in the Gallery, and inspirational outdoor living ideas and gifts in the Gift Barn and Potting Shed. 

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The plant centre, housed within the ancient walled garden offers plant connoisseurs and budding amateurs alike the chance to buy unusual varieties of shrubs and herbaceous plants whilst our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always available to provide advice, information and inspiration. There’s also a wide range of bedding, herbs and vegetable plants in season and the garden shop has a great range of garden sundries, tools, bulbs and seeds. You’ll also find a huge range of apples and juice for sale in season – all grown in our 5 acres of apple and pear orchards.


We have a full programme of events throughout the year, from horticultural themed weekends to open air concerts and theatre during the height of the summer in the stunning setting of our outdoor Amphitheatre.


Visit our Country Life Museum, featuring agricultural and horticultural implements from a bygone era, and a beautiful Saxon Church which still contains its original 13th century stained glass windows, and lancets.


Whether you’re dropping by or spending the day, looking for a quick cup of coffee and a scone or planning to relax over a leisurely lunch, no visit to Waterperry Gardens is complete without including the Tea Shop. The team at the Tea Shop make everything by hand on the premises, using the best locally sourced ingredients we can find. From delicious home baked cakes, vegan oat-bars, vegetarian lasagnes, chicken salads, toasties and sandwiches – we try to cater for everyone.


Waterperry offers good group rates for parties of 20 or more, coach parking is free and all drivers get a meal voucher. For bookings call 01844 339254 or visit

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