The magnificent Sir Harold Hillier Gardens is world famous for its arboretum and gardens – set over 180 acres of rolling Hampshire countryside; this garden is stunning whatever the season.
Established by the distinguished plantsman Sir Harold Hillier in 1953, it is now home to 14 National Collections, over 600 Champion Trees and 42,000 plants from temperate regions. It is one of the most important modern plant collections in the world.
Outstanding attractions include;‘Centenary Border’one of the longest double borders in the UK measuring 250m long and one of the largest Winter Gardens in Europe. Pond and a Bog Garden.
Let Children Explore
The Gardens are a wonderful place for children to play and explore. They love to climb the fantastic tree house, jump across the wobbly bridge, weave through the bamboo tunnels, swing on the super snake swing and test their climbing and balancing skills on the Hilltop Adventures mini ‘assault loop’. Equally they love running free, rolling down grassy banks, searching the woods for foraging pigs (when in residence) and look out for the fish and ducks in the Pond. With so much to do, one visit just won’t be enough. During the school holidays we provide a wide range of family activities and trails.
Open all year, every part of the Garden offers beauty, discovery and inspiration throughout the seasons
Spring - A perfect time to experience and enjoy the stunning plant collection. With spring bulbs bursting into flower; Magnolias, Japanese flowering cherries, Azaleas and Rhododendrons all in their full glory.
Summer - Walk down and marvel at one of the longest double borders in the country. At 250m long, the Centenary Border is a kaleidoscope of colour. Look out for the striking Red Hot Pokers, Echinacea and Crocosmia.
Autumn - See the range of Champion Trees clothed in bronze and gold, as the autumn sun ripens the fruits and berries of the season.
Winter - The Winter Garden covers over four acres and is one of the largest in Europe. Filled with plants that show off their bold coloured bark and incredible scents.
- Cafés and Restaurant within the Gardens (open subject to availability, admission fees apply)
- Free car parking, including accessible parking
- All ability paths around the Gardens for more details on the gardens visit our website
- Registered assistance dogs only
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* Last entry 1 hour before closing. Open all year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Open all year (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Map & Directions
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The gardens are situated between the villages of Ampfield and Braishfield, 2 miles north-east of Romsey. They are signposted from Romsey, on the A3090 on Winchester to Romsey road and the A3057 Stockbridge to Romsey road.
Public Transport DirectionsBy rail/bus – the nearest bus and rail links are in Romsey.
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