Painswick Rococo Garden is a unique and fascinating insight into early to mid 18th century English garden design. The only complete Rococo garden in England, it dates from a brief period (1720 – 1760) when English gardens were changing from the formal to the informal. These Rococo gardens combined formal vistas with winding woodland walks and more natural planting.
However, Rococo gardens were so much more, their creators were showing off their wealth and including features that were both flamboyant and frivolous. The gardens featured buildings of unusual architectural styles, to be used as both eye catchers and viewpoints. These became almost regency playrooms, an extension of the house to be enjoyed by the owner and his guests.
Here at Painswick we are restoring the Garden back to how it was in a painting dated 1748. We have contemporary buildings, woodland walks, herbaceous borders and a large Kitchen Garden all hidden away in a charming Cotswold valley with splendid views of the surrounding countryside. There is also an intriguing maze, situated next to the original Garden and created to celebrate the 250th anniversary of that important painting.
The Garden is a tranquil hideaway for those looking for a romantic walk with their partner, or a secret place that children love to explore.
Our Cafe serves light lunches and delicious cakes. Many of the ingredients used in the Cafe are grown in our own Garden, so you can see then growing and then taste them. Our Gift Shop stocks a range of products, many locally sourced, for all ages.
Seasonal highlights are the winter snowdrops and spring bulbs, heritage roses and in the Autumn a harvest display of the historic fruit and vegetables we grow.
The Garden holds the Visit Britain Quality Assurance Attraction award and the Cotswold Tourism Green Leaf award.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£10.50 per ticket|
|Child 4 - 16 years||£4.90 per ticket|
|Family (2 adults and 2 children)||£27.25 per ticket|
|Over 60s||£9.40 per ticket|
|Students||£6.60 per ticket|
Prices exclude gift aid. Under 4s are free.
- VAQAS VB Attraction VAQAS
- Green Awards Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) 2011
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- Childrens Play Area
- Dogs on Lead Only
- Garden Centre
- Plant Sales
- Tea Rooms
- On-Site café/restaurant - Licensed coach house morning coffees, lunches and home-made teas. Maximum of 50 people.
- Picnic Site
Children & Infants
- Accept children all ages
- Baby Changing Facilities
- Dog Friendly
- Dogs Accepted
- Event Venue
- Free car parking
- Groups Welcome
- On-site coach parking
- On-site Restaurant/Cafe
- Picnic Area
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - 2 hours
- In countryside
- Max group size - 54
- Min group size - 20
- Outdoor Attraction
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking
- On Bus Route - Stagecoach service 66 from Cheltenham to Stroud via Brockworth (Mon-Sat), Our nearest stop is Pullens Road. Service 166 on Sundays.
- On site parking
- Parking (free)
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Sterling Travellers Cheques accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted
|January - November (10 Jan 2023 - 30 Nov 2023)|
* Opening days and times vary throughout the year, so please contact our website for the latest information.
Last admission is an hour before closing time.
Nearest major road is A46. Coming from the south in Painswick turn right at the traffic lights onto B4073 Gloucester Road. Entrance 0.5 miles on the left.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Stroud station. Take the A46 to Cheltenham; in Painswick, turn left onto the B4073 Gloucester Road.
Bus: Stagecoach service 66 from Cheltenham to Stroud via Brockworth (Mon-Sat), Our nearest stop is Pullens Road. Service 166 on Sundays.