LONGSTOCK PARK WATER GARDEN: 2 HOUR VISIT.
Adult and child tickets £10 (under 3 yrs free - no ticket required).
Recognised as one of the great Water Gardens of the world, The John Lewis Partnership now manages the garden in the spirit in which John Spedan Lewis intended.
Longstock Park Water Garden is a great place to visit whether you’re a keen gardener, seasoned horticulturist or you’re visiting Hampshire and want to explore this hidden gem.
Once a private garden for the founder of the John Lewis Partnership, it has been pristeenly maintained and hosts a world class selection of Horticulture. At Longstock Park you will also find a farm shop and café selling local and regional produce (café offering a limited offer at present).
- This event is ticket only - there will be no admissions without a ticket which must be shown at the gate.
- The Gardens will be open 5 days’ a week from the 13th April as follows: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday 10.00am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 3.30pm and Sunday 11.00am to 1.00pm.
- Tickets are available on a rolling 8-weekly basis with dates up to 8 weeks being available to purchase. New dates added weekly.
- These sessions are for a 2 hour visit only. The gardens will be open at the beginning of your session and close at the end of the 2 hours.
- Free Parking (opposite the gardens) is available (no coaches) which will be closed 15 minutes after the end of your session.
- There will be limited toilet facilities, and you will be requested to sanitise your hands upon entry to the garden. Current Government social distancing guidelines must be observed at all times. No guided tours will be offered.
- No refreshments are available in the gardens, and no picnics must be consumed in the gardens or car park. There is a very limited food offer at the Longstock Farm shop and café (takeaway only at present in line with current Covid guidelines) - approximately 5 minutes drive away.
- Assistance dogs only.
- Coach parties are being accepted from the end of June (may change depending on Covid restrictions).
- John Lewis Partners - PLEASE DO NOT purchase a ticket for visits before the end of June. Please see PartnerChoice for tickets (from 4.4.21) which are free of charge until the end of June. Partners staying at Leckford Abbas or Leckford Lodges have their own arrangements so please contact them for further details.
History of the Water Garden:
The East family started developing the site now known as Longstock Park Water Garden in the late 1800s. They extracted gravel from the area to make hard roads through the Estate, the resulting works then filled with groundwater from the nearby River Test creating a lake.
In the 1920s the Beddington family purchased Longstock House and its land, they were really keen gardeners and Reginald recognised the potential for a Water Garden. He asked a very famous nursery at the time, Perrys of Enfield, to create a small water garden, so they built streams in and out from the River Test and constructed the lovely thatched summer house which is still in the garden today.
The year 1947 saw John Spedan Lewis purchase Longstock House to add to his Leckford Estate. Founder of the John Lewis Partnership he was a successful businessman, but he had a real passion for natural sciences, particularly horticulture. The Water Garden turned into one of his great personal passions. It was expanded and plants were collected from all over the world as he further developed it until his death.
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