The Gardens


Twelve Acres Of Formal Gardens

Thornbridge Hall is surrounded by 4.8 ha (12a) of quintessentially English gardens, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Designed at the end of the 19th Century to create a vision of '1,000 shades of green' which the owner wanted to be able to see from his bedroom window.  The gardens are a perfect example of Victorian drive, determination and engineering to manipulate the landscape into a series of garden rooms.

The gardens first opened to the public in the 1930's and there are many distinct areas including the Italian garden, 30m (100ft) Herbaceous border, Water garden and Koi Lake, as well as terraced lawns overlooking the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Visitors will also come across three temples, numerous statues, 46 urns and two grottos, all of which were incorporated into the garden in the 1890's. Some of the statuary came from Clumber Park and Chatsworth, while some were gifts from the Greek Government.

The current ownership has seen the development of the Kitchen Garden, Scented Terrace, Long Border, modern knot garden, Orangery and greenhouse.


Group Visits

All groups must pre-book, please contact us at: 

07500 698795

Or fill in the online form below.

Visits to the Garden are Self-guided.

Unfortunately we cannot accept large groups that require catering on our open days which are Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.

Price Options for a Private Group Visit

Private Group visits to the gardens (for a minimum of 25 people) are on Mondays and Fridays only,and options are as follows.

2019 Prices.

Option 1: Private Entry to Garden, Guide Book, Tea/Filter Coffee and Biscuits £21.50 per person.

Option 2: Private Entry to Garden, Guide Book, Tea/Filter Coffee and Cake £24.50 per person.

Option 3: Private Entry to Garden, Guide Book, Tea/Filter Coffee and Buffet Lunch £32.00 per person.

Option 4: Private Entry to Garden, Guide Book, Tea/Filter Coffee and Buffet Lunch with Award winning Thornbridge Beer tasting £37.50 per person. 

If you have any enquiries about group visits or the gardens, please complete the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Opening Times

The Gardens, Cafe and Plant Nursery are now closed for the season. We reopen on Wednesday 1st April 2020.

Admission Prices

Adults £7.00

Season Ticket £25.00

Under 16’s FREE

Dogs are welcome on a lead.
No Picnics are allowed on the estate.
Free carer entry.

For all Garden, Cafe, Plant sales and Group visits enquiries please call: 07500 698795

Thornbridge Carriage House Café

Enjoy light lunches, delicious cakes, drinks and our award winning Thornbridge Brewery Beer in the Carriage House Café and Terrace.

Please note the Cafe is only open when the gardens are open.


Thornbridge Plant Nursery

The Nursery has a huge range of plants available to purchase. The majority are grown from seeds, cuttings and divisions from the gardens.

Plants are available to purchase without entry to the gardens.

Please note the Nursery is only open when the gardens are open.



Whilst there is level access into the Café, the majority of the paths in the garden are gravel, some of which are steep. There are also steps, stepping stones and areas of unfenced water. Access in a wheelchair or motorised scooter is difficult and not recommended.