Savill Gardens is a hidden gem not far from the Royal residence of Windsor Castle and a place less know about. With history dating back to the 1930s the garden has been a favourite of some of the Royals. Designed and created by the master landscaper Sir Eric Savill it is an all season garden with flora from across the globe.
The garden has developed under the patronage of Kings and Queens and was created in the 1930s by Sir Eric Savill. The park’s ranger is the Duke of Edinburgh and the Royal’s have expressed much interest overseeing changes and keeping this park in the best shape. Some of the highlights and a fine example of their patronage is the Jubilee and Rose Garden that Her Majesty the Queen opened in 2010.
It is spread over a ginormous 35 acres and is a collection of several smaller interconnecting gardens with flower and fauna from across the world. With distinct names of each gardena such as the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, Summer Wood and the Winter Beds it is a great lace to visit for a quiet day out or a fun day with the entire family. One of the main attraction of this park is the ever so popular rose garden which has a small bridge in the shape of ship which gives you a great view of this garden.
There is a glasshouse and lake as well and you can spend anything from a few minutes to a whole day exploring the Savill Garden. This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends.
Each season brings something new and transforms the park which gives its visitors something new to discover. For more information about whats happening you can visit their website and find out the Seasonal Highlights.
The Garden is a train ride away from Central London and is close to the historic town of Windsor. It is in close proximity of the Great Windsor park and is easily accessible via train, bus, or taxi so you don’t need a car in order to experience this great day out with nature at its best.
The nearest railway stations are Egham, Windsor Central and Windsor Riverside, Ascot and Virginia Water.
- From London Paddington – First Great Western trains operate a service to Windsor Central via a change at Slough.
- South West Trains operate services from London Waterloo to the other stations.
- A taxi will be needed to complete your journey into the Park – this usually takes around 15 to 20 mins depending on traffic.
There are plenty of quiet corners to have a picnic, read a book, or just relax and enjoy a perfect summers day in this beautiful garden. It is one of those perfect places where you can escape your daily routine and spend some me time.
After walking through the park if you are hungry then head to the Savill Garden Kitchen. The Kitchen and restaurant has a small but perfect menu to refuel you from a wood-fired pizza, salads and sandwiches to the more traditional English Afternoon Tea with an array of scrumptious cakes and pastries.
It offers great open spaces and floor to ceiling windows where you can sit and enjoy a with a refreshing drink and gaze out at the lush gardens.
If you fancy taking a pice of Savill Garden with you then head to the gift shop which supports British manufacturers and offers a range of souvenirs from delightful fragrances and greetings cards to educational toys and games. There is a huge selection of British products along with plants and garden accessories from the Royal Gardens.
If you are an art lover the garden hosts exhibitions from time to time and I was lucky enough to witness some of the impressive sculptures nestled within the Garden’s and inspired by the natural world and the surrounding beauty of The Savill Garden.
Some other things you can enjoy
- Have a picnic with friends and family on Obelisk Lawn.
- Take a long walk to the to the Copper Horse depicting George III on horse back.
- Lean about the history by taking a Royal Heritage Tour of Windsor Great Park.
- Visit the Windsor Great Park Environmental Centre.
- Enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea at the cafe .
- Discover over 60 sculptures inspired by the natural world. ( Limited period).
- Pamper yourself with the finest British products from the gIft Shop.
- Come fall in love at the Rose Garden.