A morning stroll around the Walled Gardens at Croome Court

The girls leant their bikes against the wall and ventured into the secret garden. It was like stepping into the Georgian era. Being transported back to a time when the produce from this expansive garden would feed everyone on the Croome Estate.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The history of the Walled Gardens at Croome Court

17 years ago, a couple by the name of Chris and Karen were looking for a project. The gardener’s cottage at Croome was perfect. Derelict and set in a vast plot of land, the property inspired visions of a transformation into an eight-bedroomed house. There would be a swimming pool, jacuzzi and tennis courts.

Except that there wouldn’t.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

Having purchased the property, the new owners set about mending the garden walls. But not only did this turn out to be an epic undertaking, it led to discovery after discovery. This Georgian walled garden is the largest of its kind in Europe. It originated in the early 18th century and was overhauled along with the Croome Estate in the days of the legendary Capability Brown.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

It was only within the past 100 years that the garden became neglected. Eventually, it fell into complete disrepair until the current restoration project began. The Walled Gardens are privately owned, so entry isn’t covered by your ticket to Croome itself. The whole of your £5 entry fee goes towards the renovation project. And in return, you get to explore the garden for a couple of hours.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

These days, there are orchards, vegetables and stunning flowers growing. There are crops as unusual as purple tomatoes in the garden and melons in the greenhouse. I asked what happened to the produce and it is sold both on site and to local businesses.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

Children in the Walled Gardens

I must admit, before we arrived I was a bit worried about taking the girls into the Walled Gardens. After all, it’s all very well looked after and children like to push the boundaries. But they were made to feel welcome and encouraged to explore.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

As well as looking around the garden, we explored the tunnels that were part of the boiler house. These are accessed from one of the greenhouses and they are tall enough to walk through. There was even a toad living in there, although he made himself scarce during our visit. I don’t blame him.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

On the lawn, there was a tent with tea, coffee and cakes. These are complimentary, although there is a pot for donations. There were lawn games to play, which the girls were delighted with. The volunteers brought the games indoors when it rained, so the girls were still entertained even in bad weather.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

We all loved seeing the pond and the chickens. The shop and visitor centre are located in a beautiful building. There’s not much in the shop at the moment, but it has only recently been completed and they intend to hold more stock in the future. We hid from the rain in there and waited for the sun to come out so we could tell the time on the beautiful sundial.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The verdict

Whilst I have always wanted to visit the Walled Gardens at Croome, I wondered whether I should go without the children. I’m delighted to say that I was completely wrong. The girls were fascinated by the whole garden, even looking at the signs and asking me to read and explain them.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

It is useful to know that dogs are not allowed within the Walled Gardens. However, a tether is provided just outside as they are welcome elsewhere in Croome. If you visit the Walled Gardens, it is well worth making a day of it and visiting Croome National Trust.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

The girls took their bikes and had a ride around Croome, before stopping for lunch and a play in the playground. For more information on the Walled Gardens and the next steps in their renovation, you can visit their website. They are open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays until the end of September. After that, they close for the Winter and re-open at Easter.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

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Please note, we were invited to visit the Croome Walled Gardens to allow me to create this blog post. All views, opinions and garden explorers are my own.

10 Comments

  1. August 22, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    It is useful to know that about where the money goes because I do not think it is clear. When we went for the Easter egg there were more things to do in there but we were surprised by the extra expense so didn’t bother. Now if we were told that is what the money was for we may have felt differently and gone in. Glad you all had a great time.
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    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 11:00 am

      Yes you’re right, it does make a difference when you know what the money is going towards, it’s well worth supporting them, they’re doing a wonderful job.
      Nat.x

  2. August 23, 2017 / 8:52 am

    It looks great, so much to do and fab that they have lots of things for the children to enjoy too. I love the little secret garden, it’s just beautiful! 🙂 x

    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 10:54 am

      It’s wonderful, I loved the secret garden as a child and this does feel magical.
      Nat.x

  3. August 23, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    This looks beautiful Nat! Its somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, but wasn’t sure about taking the girls. So pleased to see your girls loved it x

    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 10:51 am

      Oh the girls would love it Laura, Croome is a wonderful day out with children, mine always take their bikes and ride around the paths. The walled gardens is a lovely addition to the day and the girls particularly loved the tunnels and the lawn games.
      Nat.x

  4. August 24, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I love all your photos of the flowers. The Walled Gardens looks like a beautiful place to visit and glad to hear that Libby and Lia enjoyed it and were encouraged to explore too 🙂

    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thank you, it really is a lovely place.
      Nat.x

  5. Pamela Mcauley
    August 25, 2017 / 2:37 am

    Thank you so much looking at your photos and reading your comments gave me the summer look I’ve been in late spring and early summer I love the gardens so much and all the work on the gardens it’s done with so much love that as you walk you fall in love with it too

    • monsterid August 30, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Thank you Pamela, I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I will definitely be back to see the gardens in the spring, I bet it changes dramatically with the seasons.
      Nat.x

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