The Savill Garden
In the 1930s, master landscape gardener Sir Eric Savill created one of England’s greatest woodland gardens on a little used area of Windsor Great Park. Planted to celebrate horticultural excellence, The Savill Garden now extends over 35 acres. It is designed for year-round appeal with colourful displays, rare plants and interesting features such as herbaceous borders, sculpture and the Temperate House. A curving, raised walkway floats above the rose garden for true appreciation of the intense aromas created by 3,500 planted roses. Annual garden highlights include spring’s Azaleas and Rhododendrons, summer’s roses, autumn’s maples and winter’s stems, fruits and evergreens. Photo credit: Building exterior - Andrew Soles.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Wheelchairs available
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-6; Nov-Feb 10-4.30. Closed 24-25 Dec
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About the area
Berkshire essentially consists of two distinct parts. The western half is predominantly rural, with the Lambourn Downs spilling down to the River Lambourn and the Berkshire Downs to the majestic Thames. The eastern half of Berkshire may be more urban but here, too, there is the opportunity to get out and savour open spaces. Windsor Great Park and Maidenhead Thicket are prime examples. Threading their way through the county are two of the South’s prettiest rivers – the Lambourn and the Pang. Beyond the tranquil tow paths of the Kennet and Avon Canal, Greenham Common’s famous airbase has been transformed to delight walkers of all ages.
Reading and Newbury are the county’s major towns, and the River Kennet flows through them both. Reading is a vibrant, multicultural centre with great shopping and plenty of history. Oscar Wilde was incarcerated in Reading prison in the late 19th century, and wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol about his experience. Newbury is probably best known for its race course, which opened in 1905, although the first recorded racing at Newbury was a century before that. Famous people born in the county include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Winlset and Ricky Gervais.
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