There are ten wonderful acres of gardens at Levens Hall waiting to be
explored and enjoyed. They include the unique collection of ancient and
extraordinary topiary characters sculpted from box and yew. They rise up
from a spectacular seasonal underplanting populated with an ever-changing
range of over thirty thousand flowers. Further on, beyond the romantic old
orchard and separated by the great beech hedges, lie the magnificent
herbaceous borders. These are traditionally double in format and are
amongst the finest to be found in England. There are also wall borders,
vegetable and herb gardens, a rose garden, fountain garden, fine lawns,
wildflower meadows, a willow labyrinth and much, much more.
The atmosphere changes at every turn as you are led on along vistas and
though hedged archways to find yourself in new areas... Quiet spaces,
intimate hidden corners to sit and contemplate or magnificent set piece
displays. There’s fun too to be had in working your way into the wild willow
maze, and yet more finding your way out again!
Laid out in the 1690s, the garden amazingly still retains many of its original
features. Its very special atmosphere is partly felt through a great sense of
continuity. Those three centuries of garden making here have made it a
magical place. Each new generation brings a reworking within the historic
framework to create fresh and beautiful contemporary plantings. A sense of
excitement and joy is felt throughout in this continuing evolution of colour and
We hope you get as much pleasure out of visiting the Garden at Levens Hall
as the many generations of gardeners have in creating this inspirational and
awe inspiring natural wonderland...