Felley Priory Gardens



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The 2.5-acre Felley Priory Gardens, just a mile from the M1, is situated in rolling Nottinghamshire countryside and has many rare and unusual plants on display all year round. In the late 1890s, the grounds were terraced and the layout, as seen today, was created in 1976. Yew hedges were planted to protect the plants as the gardens are 600ft above sea level and very exposed. The snowdrops are worth a visit at the start of the year; spring sees a carpet of daffodils in the orchard – some varieties are extremely rare – plus bluebells, tulips, magnolias, snake’s head fritillaries, hellebores, peonies and tree peonies. Visit in summer especially for the herbaceous border displays and the rose garden. The hydrangeas, including some that are rare, provide autumn colour, and in the winter, the topiary hedges look magnificent in the snow.

Felley Priory Gardens


  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year Tue-Fri 9-4; Feb-Oct, 1st & 3rd Sun each month 10-4

About the area

Discover Nottinghamshire

Most people associate Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands with the legend of Robin Hood, though the former royal hunting ground of Sherwood Forest has been somewhat tamed since Robin’s outlaw days. Traditionally, the county’s primary industry, alongside agriculture, was coal mining but it is also an oil producing area, and during World War II produced the only oil out of reach of the German U-Boats.

The county is divided between the old coalfields north of the city of Nottingham, the commuter belt of the Wolds to the south, Sherwood Forest and the great country estates known as the ‘Dukeries’. Towns of note are the river port and market town of Newark, which hosts major antiques fairs six times a year, and Southwell, known for the medieval minster with exquisite carvings of Sherwood Forest.

D H Lawrence was a Nottinghamshire man, born in Eastwood, the son of a miner and former schoolteacher. He grew up in poverty, and his book Sons and Lovers reflects the experiences of his early years. Other Nottinghamshire notables include Thomas Cranmer, the first Protestant Archbishop; Jesse Boot, founder of the Boots pharmaceutical company; Henry Ireton, the man who singed Charles I’s death warrant; and Olympic skaters Torvill and Dean.

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