Nr Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Set in the beautiful Churn valley in the heart of the Gloucestershire Cotswolds, Colesbourne Park has been the home of the Elwes family since 1789. The historic snowdrop collection, started by Henry John Elwes with the discovery of Galanthus elwesii in Turkey in 1874, has been greatly developed by Sir Henry and Lady Elwes over the past 25 years. It has been called ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’ by Country Life. Now with a collection of 350 varieties, visitors can enjoy the snowdrops throughout the ten acre garden with its woodland and lakeside paths, the Spring Garden and Formal Garden, alongside drifts of cyclamen, hellebores and other winter plants. The surrounding park, arboretum and nearby church are also open.
|Open Days||Every Saturday and Sunday from 2 February 2019 to 3 March 2019.
Pre-booked guided tours for groups of 20-50 are also available on weekdays.
|Opening Times||Gates open at 1.00pm. Last entry 4.30pm|
|Entry Fee||Adults £8.00 Children under 16 free|
|Dogs are welcome. Please keep them on a short lead.|
|Ample parking is available in the grounds for cars. Please do not park on the road-side. Parking for disabled visitors with wheelchairs is available in the Stable Yard please ask the attendant at the gate as you enter the grounds.|
|There is parking for four coaches each day on Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors arriving in coaches must pre book their visit and one of the coach parking spaces.|
|DISABLED ACCESS AT COLESBOURNE PARK
We are sorry that the private grounds, only open for five weekends per year, are not very accessible for wheelchairs because there are some wooded paths and a lakeside walk where the terrain is variable and very steep in parts; also some paths have deep loose gravel.
We do not recommend the use of wheelchairs although a few intrepid visitors are able to see parts of the snowdrop collection where the ground is level.
Wheelchair users are admitted free, but accompanying persons are charged at the normal rate. No wheelchairs are available for loan.
A disabled toilet is available and there is level access to the tearoom.